Brooksville woman arrested in connection to New Year's Day hit and run

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8:36 AM EST

A Brooksville woman was arrested Friday, January 20, in connection to a New Year's Day hit and run. 

  • Brooksville woman arrested in connection to a New Year's Day hit and run
  • Ashley Norton, 22, turned herself in to authorities, taken in on Jan. 20
  • Nortons' boyfriend originally charged in the hit and run
  • Investigators discovered Clevandre Pope lied to protect Norton

Ashley Norton, 22, turned herself in to authorities for a hit and run on January 1 that left an elderly woman in critical condition. 

Originally, Norton's boyfriend, Clevandre Pope, 23, was arrested and charged in the hit and run. 

Officials said an elderly woman, Sandra Carpenter, was riding her motorized wheel-chair scooter on Daniel Avenue when she was hit and ejected from the wheel-chair. 

According to the original report, officials said Pope attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid a collision. 

Carpenter received life-threatening injuries and was transported to Tampa General Hospital where she remains in critical condition. 

During the investigation Pope admitted to striking the victim and fleeing the scene. He was subsequently charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries. 

Days later, additional information came to light, revealing that Ashley Norton was actually driving the vehicle during the hit and run. 

Officials said Pope took responsibility for the crash to protect his girlfriend. 

Both suspects and a third passenger in the vehicle were interviewed and all three admitted that Norton was driving the vehicle when the victim was hit. 

Norton is being held in the Hernando County jail on a $15,000 bond. 

Pope is now being charged with obstruction, for lying to investigators.