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Softball Game Dispute Leads to Man Running Over Three People with Pickup Truck

BROOKSVILLE – A Spring Hill man is behind bars today, after a dispute over a softball game led to him running over three people with a pickup truck.

According to officials, Brooksville Police responded to the Jerome Brown Center on Thursday, where they located three injured victims.

One person was transported to Bayfront Health Medical Center with unknown injuries and the remaining victims refused treatment.

The driver, 24-year-old Michael Hartwell, fled the scene but later called Police and turned himself in at the Brooksville Police Department.

Officials say an argument over an earlier softball game is what led to Hartwell running over the victims, as they walked towards the parking lot. Hartwell denied hitting the victims but admitted to the altercation.

Hartwell is charged with 3-counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Driving on a Suspended License. He is currently behind bars, held on a $30,500 bond.

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  • “*You’re again making assumptions…”

    Monday, 24 October 2016, 4:45 pm
  • i do know mike and for a bit. Been by his house and know hes a very very hard worker. Hopefully things get sorted out and we dont know all sides to the situation and incident. In the years Ive known him hes always been a super calm and relaxed chill guy. I heard through mutual friends there was more to this but it is what it is for now..

    Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:28 am
  • What a bunch of childish, idiotic comments. Where a person is from doesn’t make them do stupid things. Maybe how they are raised, but not where they were born.

    Monday, 24 October 2016, 7:59 am
  • Was the game postponed or is it officially canceled? These games must be completed. Don’t want to jeopardize the season standings.

    Monday, 24 October 2016, 3:30 am
  • It’s real easy to sit on your computer or phone and judge or ridicule someone you don’t even know without all the details. Everyone makes mistakes and bad decisions, some more than others. We’re all human. How would you like it if you made a bad decision and got ridiculed like this before the public had all the details?

    Sunday, 23 October 2016, 8:42 pm
  • You people are ridiculous, casting judgement on a person you do not even know, making assumptions about how people should act based on what state they are brought up in. We are all people, NONE of us are perfect no matter what state, city, or civilized/ uncivilized manner you grew up in. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone screws up at some point, some just worse then others. Mike is a person like every one here commenting, a person who may have made a bad judgement call and did something foolish. That doesnt mean he should be “shot” or that he is “sick”. It doesnt mean he is a bad person. You people see one bad choice that a good person made and run with it. This could be any of you, whether think so or not.

    As for the remark about his father, so what. He has a father with a record. Whats your point? You know nothing about either Mike or Mark. You know nothing of their character, their values, their work ethics, their lives, and what they have or have not been through. You know nothing. Your again making assumptions about a person based on their relatives mistakes.

    Tom lemons: “We just report incidents, we dont judge people”. You are judging him, as well as every other person on this page. Maybe, you should consider reporting the news when you have all sides to a story. Where all the people involved can be judged accordingly. Not just one person.

    *Good people make bad choices, that doesnt make them horrible people.

    Sunday, 23 October 2016, 7:54 pm
    • You are wrong, you assume I don’t know them. I only speak on the things I know are fact.

      Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:54 pm
      • Your right, I assumed that you may not know either of them. My apologies. However, regardless of whether you know them, Mikes fathers track record has nothing to do with the decisions Mike choose to make the night/time of the incident. You think Mike stopped and said “hmmm im going to run these people over so I can be just like my dad and have a record” before he acted? I think not. People simply make bad calls, and react poorly because their not thinking rationally. Whether thats influenced by anger, alchol or whatever. It doesnt make their actions okay, but its not right for people in general to judge people with out all the facts and to sit back and think that their better then Mike or Mark, or anyone for that matter.

        Your remark makes it sound like just because his father has a record that Mike will too. Which is wrong of you to do, especially if you do know them on a more personal level. Way to indirectly cast judgement!

        Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:11 am
        • You can’t be serious. Of course he didn’t stop to think that but his father did raise him and show him “right from wrong”. And in this case how NOT to handle his anger. Sadly his sister has also been in trouble a few times. As they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

          Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:32 pm
  • I like ketchup with my beans.

    Sunday, 23 October 2016, 7:53 am
  • I went to high school with him at Central. I wonder how many years he is going to get

    Sunday, 23 October 2016, 1:27 am
  • Hey it’s a good thing it wasn’t golf. Golf clubs be swinging.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 10:19 pm
  • What it all boils down to is that both teams were arguing the entire game and for what a dang t-shirt if you win the season? It’s a family park I’ve been playing there for years and people getting ran over by a truck has never happened. Yes things were thrown at the truck and yes he should have made a call first before hitting these people. With all that being said the game must go on.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:44 pm
  • Should we gather Mark Hartwell is related to Michael ?? Yes, there are always 2 sides to the story. Obviously the officers don’t take kindly the running over 3 people & then fleeing.
    At 24 y.o. you are NOT a child. Pick up your cellphone & call the law. Yo DON’T RUN PEOPLE OVER WITH A TRUCK WHEN YOUR 24 Y.O. CAN YOU SAY STUPID???

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:43 pm
    • Ding, ding, ding! You are correct, it’s his father. Who also has a long record. ?

      Sunday, 23 October 2016, 5:39 am
      • You, Justfoodforthought, made my day. Thanks, now I don’t have to go to the park & beat the answer out of anyone. LOL.

        Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:37 am
        • lol i feel flattered some one is using my screen name kind of.. haha priceless

          Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:22 am
  • Oopsy Daisey Get a life ! You have to be so particular of the wording of this article? Dont read it if you dont like the way its worded! You probably voting for that nasty woman! lol

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:21 pm
  • Wow never thought I’d see the day someone I knows mugshot would flash across my news feed. All over a softball game…..smooth Mike smooth. Smh.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 7:35 pm
  • Wow

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 6:45 pm
  • Who’s in charge of the park ? Why was there no city staff working the softball game?

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 6:08 pm
    • This wasn’t t ball. These were supposedly grown men. Shouldn’t need a baby sitter.

      Sunday, 23 October 2016, 7:48 am
  • Strike 3 Hartwell. You are out.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 5:30 pm
  • Dam more bond than the Perkins Pack. Unreal

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 3:35 pm
    • Hartwell your a sick person why would you use your truck to harm someone and if you done nothing wrong why did you run?

      Saturday, 22 October 2016, 5:48 pm
      • I believe if.one wished to.do harm there would be real.injuries, not fake ones.

        Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:27 am
    • Also more bond than the drunken bar owner in citrus county. She got $22,000 bond after running down a motorcyclist & dragging him down the road!!!

      Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:50 pm
  • Anger management.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 3:28 pm
  • SMH Idiot!!

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 2:50 pm
  • You’re 24 y.o. & don’t have sense yet ??? Something wrong with brooksville that we have all these cowardly bullies running around.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 2:26 pm
  • Bring back insane asylams. Too many crazies running around.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 1:04 pm
  • It was rigged
    I’m telling you

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:53 pm
  • Happens all the time there. Grown men fighting over a softball game. Men that could never make it in baseball now play softball like it’s the World Series. Grow up people.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:44 pm
    • It was an aggressive overweight black.lady that heckled my players n continued to the parking lot immediately after. She was the antagonist. The source of ignorance, viewed in front of all. She thinks she can sue for injuries.

      Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:25 am
  • This young man wouldn’t hurt a fly. I think the story is just that, a STORY! A fictitious version of events that transpired involving disgruntled players of the opposing team.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:43 pm
  • Sounds like they take Softball very serious in Brooksville..

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:40 pm
  • Mighty funny that nowhere in this story does it say anything about how these people were throwing objects at this truck and how violent they were being. Nowhere in this story does it mention all of the witnesses that were in the same parking lot who have a totally different story to tell about what truly happened. The truth will come out in the end….

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:38 pm
    • there is always 2 sides, sad how EVERY media only reports one.

      Saturday, 22 October 2016, 6:35 pm
  • Ridiculous lies!

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:32 pm
  • Hope he at least won the game

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:31 pm
  • Tom the original report says AFTER a game not OVER a game. Please correct.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:14 pm
      • He was being harassed and slews of negative derogatory comments were being yelled at our team the whole game. Some.people.have no.filter or sense, there’s another side to the story. If.you dont know.it how can you just make him the bad guy. He admitted a dispute, there is more.to.it

        Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:19 am
        • Johnny Driscoll, a question for you please. Were y’all also harassing & yelling comments back? Tom Lemons is correct. He can only report what leo disseminates. I’m not trying to be judgemental to your group, but, I’ve met my share of toxic folks in brooksville. Tell y’alls side please. Don’t blame Mr. Lemons.

          Sunday, 23 October 2016, 5:34 pm
    • After/over, who cares, this NICE person hit 3 people with his car and was driving on a suspended license . He wouldn’t hurt a fly,?? I guess a FLY would be harder to hit than a person.

      Saturday, 22 October 2016, 6:48 pm
  • Some people have lost their damn minds,if they had one to begin with. Lock him up and throw away the key.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 12:00 pm
  • Give me strength, where do these idiots come from, it’s only a sport. Shootem

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 11:43 am
    • Up north.

      Saturday, 22 October 2016, 6:10 pm
      • Just looked him up , Florida born ‘n bread !!! Go Figure !!

        Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:21 pm
        • Watch it I’m from fl and I’m not that crazy

          Sunday, 23 October 2016, 7:14 am
        • I’m Florida born & bred. I’m also very courteous, respectful of others. Of course I was raised in civilized city not redneckville.

          Sunday, 23 October 2016, 11:32 am
        • I’m Florida born and bred to so what’s your point? That doesn’t mean anything grow up!

          Sunday, 23 October 2016, 4:54 pm
        • Welcome Too Florida

          Sunday, 23 October 2016, 5:08 pm
          • Says he lives in Springhill, says it all!

            Sunday, 23 October 2016, 7:34 pm
        • What’s wrong with people from fl there are alot of idiots that live in fl and are not from here

          Monday, 24 October 2016, 8:01 pm
      • Most everything is “up north”, please be specific.

        Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:55 pm
      • Highly unlikely

        Saturday, 22 October 2016, 10:45 pm
    • Just look at his family and his own father’s long history of convictions , and the lack of the police putting their foot down back then

      Monday, 24 October 2016, 3:52 pm
  • Soccer, maybe. Softball, I don’t know.

    Saturday, 22 October 2016, 11:21 am

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