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Driver who hit pregnant woman was fleeing victim’s boyfriend – CBS Detroit


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Southfield Police say the boyfriend of a pregnant woman who was hit by a vehicle in Southfield has been charged.

Police say Davon Lavon, 25, of Reford, pulled out a gun during an argument and threatened to kill the driver, causing him to run off and hit Tiara Bianka Jones, 27.

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Lovan is charged with one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm less than murder, two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (criminal assault).

At a news conference Thursday, Police Chief Elvin Barren said the driver was not charged because prosecutors could not find the intent to hit the victim “but rather the decisions of our suspect who introduced the handgun into the storyline that ultimately led to the chain of events.”

He said prosecutors were open to changing that decision if more evidence emerged to support the driver’s charge.

“There is no argument that should end in death,” Barren said. “Guns will get you in more trouble than anything you get out of.”

At around 3:18 p.m. on June 26, police found Jones on the ground in the parking lot of Country Court flats on Greenfield Road. She was taken to hospital and later died of her injuries.

Barren said medical personnel were able to save Jones’ child, a little boy.

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Barren said further investigation revealed the driver was arguing with Jones when Lovan arrived and pulled out the gun. Fearing he could be shot, the driver ‘put the vehicle into reverse and eventually hit Ms Jones’.

The driver, who is an acquaintance, got out of the vehicle and fled. Witnesses told police that Lovan fired a shot at him but he was not hit.

Lovan was not at the scene when police arrived.

Police found the driver and brought him in for questioning and was released pending the outcome of the investigation. Police said the argument allegedly started at an apartment complex in Oak Park before continuing to Southfield.

On June 28, Southfield police conducted an undercover operation and located Lovan on Interstate 96 and West Outer Drive in Detroit.

Barren said Detroit police helped stop traffic and arrested him.

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