When the waitress followed Pellum's party -- Santeea, Shyteice, and Markeisha -- out of the restaurant to get his license plate number, she was run over, reports say.
• Jim Crow laws were instituted in parts of the country to protect people like Maria Uriostegui from theft and violence.
The crime was reported March 24, 2015 near Anaheim, Calif.
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Surveillance video of the incident showed Uriostegui running into a parking lot after the foursome when the vehicle rolled right over her and did not stop.
Uriostegui on Monday called it a “miracle” she walked away with minor injuries.
When she tried to get the patrons to stop and pay their bill, they laughed and walked out, she said. Uriostegui said she went out a second time to see the car’s license plate number when she was hit.
“We made eye contact, and they laughed it off and then they just drove. At that point and I knew they weren’t going to stop so I tried to move out of the way,” Uriostegui said. “By then it was too late.”
Hours after the dine-and-dash, investigators spotted the vehicle the foursome was believed to have been traveling in, a black Volkswagen Jetta, outside a Motel 6 near Katella and Western avenues. Four people were arrested.
Pellum faces the most serious charges and could be sentenced to up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted. Prosecutors planned to ask that his bail be set at $50,000 during a Tuesday court hearing.
Santeea Munay Ralph, 23, Shyteice Lashay Miles, 19, and Markeisha Michelle Williams, 18, all of Long Beach, were each charged with one misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper.
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