WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who was dragged down a busy Wyoming road by her ex-boyfriend, an incident that was caught on video, says he was trying to kill her.
The man, 21-year-old Tyrese Mauricio Baker of Grand Rapids, is charged with robbery, reckless driving causing serious injury and domestic violence.
Alexa Sandoval, the 20-year-old Hudsonville native and mother who was dragged, says those charges do not reflect the true nature of the crime.
Her injuries are disturbing and horrific.
“I could have died,” she told News 8 Thursday in a video call from her hospital bed.
Sandoval said Baker had been controlling in their relationship and at times abusive. A few days before she was dragged, she said, he gave her a black eye.
She said she and a friend were getting a ride from him when she decided to get out of the car around 5 a.m. Saturday. When the car was stopped on Byron Center Avenue near 36th Street, she started getting out. She said he grabbed the backpack she was wearing started driving. Trapped in the straps of the bag, she initially tried to run alongside the car but slipped and was dragged.
“I felt my back burn off, I felt my head hit the pavement. I have about four staples on this side of my head,” Sandoval showed News 8.
She said he pulled the backpack tighter against her, keeping her from escaping, and accelerated, refusing to let go.
She was eventually able to get loose. A friend brought her to Metro Health Hospital, where her road rash injuries were wrapped and cleaned before she was transferred to the burn unit at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. She said she may have to stay there two months.
Baker turned himself in Monday. If convicted, the maximum penalty he could face would be 15 years in prison.
Sandoval is not happy with the charges.
“I will be writing the judge and the prosecutor. I’ll be keeping in touch every day, day by day. I’m going to keep fight and fighting and fighting until he gets charged to the maximum,” Sandoval said.
She said Baker’s intent was clear.
“I mean, he ruined my life. He took me away from my son. He tried to murder me,” she said.
The suspect is free on bond and is due in a Wyoming courtroom on July 7 for arraignment.