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Vancouver woman accused of attempted murder; man says she hit him with her car

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Vancouver woman is charged with second-degree attempted murder after a man said she hit him with her car following an argument.

Elizabeth Nicole Snook, 45, pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court. Judge Robert Lewis set her bail at $200,000, and her trial was scheduled for Sept. 26.

A hit-and-run was reported at 1:17 a.m. July 20 at a residence at 12211 S.E. Seventh St. Medical personnel responded and took the victim, identified as Alfonso Johnson, to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Johnson reported that he was hit by Snook, court records state. The affidavit does not state the nature of their relationship.

When officers arrived at the hospital, they found Johnson suffering from a collapsed lung and several broken ribs, in addition to a broken ankle. Johnson told police he was in the garage when Snook began arguing with him, called him a racial slur and then hit him with her car, the affidavit states.

A doctor told officers Johnson was lucky and that if he hadn’t made it to the hospital when he did, he would have died, court records state.

The homeowner told police he came home to find Johnson partly in the garage and partly inside the house. He said Johnson told him Snook hit him, according to the affidavit. A prosecutor said Wednesday morning that Snook is the homeowner’s daughter, and the man told officers that Snook suffers from mental health problems.

Johnson said he gave Snook $20 for groceries. Later, she pulled her car into the garage and didn’t have groceries. The two began arguing over the money, and then Snook called Johnson a racial slur, he said, according to the affidavit.

Johnson said Snook got back in her car and drove forward, hitting him and knocking him over. He said she got out, stood over him and told him to die before leaving. Court records state Snook closed the garage door when she left with Johnson injured inside.

He said he was incapacitated after he was hit and tried to crawl inside, court records state.

Officers said efforts to locate Snook were unsuccessful, and a warrant was issued for her arrest Aug. 3. Court records do not state the circumstances of Snook’s arrest.

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