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Woman faces assault, criminal operation charge for smashing car, assaulting man


WILLMAR -- A 33-year-old Olivia woman faces assault and criminal vehicular operation charges for allegedly smashing her vehicle into a Willmar man's vehicle and causing it to hit him Thursday in Willmar.

Mary Christina Ortega-Castillo is charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with second-degree assault and criminal vehicular operation. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Conditional bail was allowed on her personal recognizance, provided she have no contact with the man or another woman involved in the incident, report the offense to probation officials in Renville County and possess no weapons.

Ortega-Castillo also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Thursday to a 16th Street Southwest address on a report that a vehicle had rammed another vehicle. Officers arrived to find a white GMC Yukon parked in the middle of the yard, with a red Dodge Neon with front end damage nearby. Ortega-Castillo claimed that her foot slid off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator and her Yukon hit the Neon.

Another woman there said that Ortega-Castillo had come to the home, argued with her about both women dating the same man and then left when that man arrived in the Neon. The woman said Ortega-Castillo assaulted the man and then got into her vehicle. The woman heard a crash and saw the Yukon push the smaller vehicle and stop in the yard.

The man, via an interpreter, said he arrived, was assaulted by Ortega-Castillo and was struck by his vehicle when Ortega-Castillo's vehicle was pushing it. The man had a scrape on his arm and complained of soreness from being knocked to the ground.

During an interview, Ortega-Castillo maintained that her foot slipped from the brake and onto the accelerator.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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