State Patrol: Woman faces charges after running over deputy



OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A woman faces charges after running over an Osceola County deputy who was trying to make a traffic stop, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened near Poinciana Boulevard and U.S. Route 192. Deputy Paul Spears had stopped a pregnant 22-year-old driver in the northbound lane when the suspect slammed into her car, ran a curb and hit the deputy in the middle of an entranceway, deputies said.

When Channel 9's Tim Barber confronted the suspect, Natalie Romaniello, she refused to answer questions on the allegations.

The Sheriff’s Office said Spears is a 17-year veteran of the department. According to the FHP, Krystal Diaaz was the woman driving the white car that was hit.

 "I saw him on the floor, and then like, I guess he was kicking his legs up because he was in pain, so he was holding his arm," Diaaz said. "My heart was beating and I didn't know what to do, so I called my mom. I was freaking out. I was crying.”

Spears was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health, where he is recovering. Troopers wrote Romaniello a ticket for careless driving.

Romaniello would not comment on how the accident happened but did say one last thing before driving away from the scene.

"I am very sorry it happened," Romaniello said.