A Lantana woman first blamed another driver and then claimed she hit a mailbox after causing a crash that left a man hospitalized, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report.
Troopers and Delray Beach Fire Rescue responded to a Wednesday hit and run crash at 6:47 p.m. to find a Kia with heavy front end damage in a northbound emergency lane just south of Woolbright Road.
After paramedics took the victim to Delray Medical Center, the trooper inspected the damage and noticed black paint from another vehicle. A witness told the trooper the car that hit the Kia and sped away was a black Ford Mustang.
The witness managed to get a license plate which led investigators to Lauren Woltjer, 37, according to the report.
The trooper went to Woltjer's home in Lantana and talked with her brother, who said the Mustang was in the garage.
Red paint marks, a missing rear view mirror and other damage on the Mustang led the trooper to question Woltjer, who said she was driving on I-95 but wasn't involved in a crash. Then she said a red vehicle went into her lane.
After being read her Miranda rights, she said the vehicle never hit her but when asked about the red paint, she explained she hit her neighbor's mailbox, according to the report.
The trooper said Woltjer eventually changed her story saying the Kia "lightly struck" her Mustang and said she didn't know there was a crash.
The excuse wasn't enough and the trooper arrested her and charged her with hit and run. She was booked and released from Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting $3,000 bail.
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