Woman ran over, family speaks out as police look for suspect

By Audrey Wise

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria woman is fighting for her life after possibly being run over by a van and the Peoria Sheriff's Department is searching for the suspect.

All the Sheriff's office is saying at this time is that they are looking for a man who was involved in an incident involving a woman and a vehicle.

However, the family of Trisha Davidson, 30, is speaking out as they cling to hope that their loved one will survive.

They say after an incident with Jeremy Lee Gleason, 26, Davidson was thrown from a van and possibly run over early Friday morning.

Davidson now has a broken spine and is paralyzed from the chest down.

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy said Gleason is wanted for questioning in the incident.

Davidson's mother, Karen Kipfer, said her daughter was in a bad drug world and hopes no other family has to deal with what she is going through.

"Get out of the drug world. We tried, we couldn't get her out. I pray to God that she lives and understands now what this world does to people and the ones that love them. I pray that anybody that has a family in this situation can help them before this happens to them and their loved ones," said Kipfer.

Gleason is 5'8", weighing 165 pounds with brown hair.

Anyone with information on the crime or Gleason's whereabouts is urged to Crimestoppers at 673-9000.

Sheriff McCoy said he will release more details about the incident at a later time.

Davidson remains in the Intensive Care Unit at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.