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Woman charged with felony hit and run

September 7, 2010

A Catawba woman is charged with felony hit and run following a collision that injured a 4-year-old boy.
Newton Police charged Paula Schronce Finney, 40, on Friday after she allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Northwest Boulevard and left the scene before police arrived.
Kelvin Stacy Perkins, 39, of Conover, told police he was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and West 15th Street when a vehicle struck him from behind, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Four-year-old Cameron Joseph Perkins was a passenger in Perkins’ 2000 Mercedes Benz. Brown said he thinks Cameron is Perkins’ son.
Cameron was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with complaints of neck pain.
According to the police report, an anonymous witness saw Finney hit Perkins’ vehicle and leave the scene. The witness provided a description of Finney to police officers, and Finney was later located at Charlie’s Café in Conover.
Finney told police she asked Perkins not to call the police after seeing her vehicle had no damage from the collision because her license was expired.
According to the police report, Finney’s vehicle sustained no damage in the crash and Perkins’ vehicle sustained $2,000 in damage.
Perkins allegedly insisted on calling the police, and Finney said she fled the scene because she was scared, Brown said.
Finney was cited for no operator’s license and a pending hit-and-run charge.
The investigating officer contacted the CVMC emergency room and was notified that Cameron suffered a cervical strain from the crash.
Because the child suffered injuries in the crash, Finney was charged with felony hit and run.
Brown said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the crash.

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