By Tracy Jacim, Reporter
University of Central Florida student Kaylyn Martin is struggling to recover. Police said a 20–year-old man she used to date ran into her with a car, and then punched her several times in the face. The 20-year-old ex-boyfriend remains in the Orange County jail arrested on attempted murder and other charges.
The case has yet to go to trial, but for the first time, Martin is speaking out. She wants to send a message to other women.
"I was shocked at first," she said. "I didn't really realize the severity of it, until he got out of the car and said my name, and that brought me back to consciousness, and ‘Oh, God, I just got hit by a car,' and 'What am I supposed to do?'"
Martin had just returned to UCF'S campus with a friend, another student, with a Friday night movie to watch. The two women were walking on the second floor of a campus parking garage when, according to the police report, Gomez drove right into Kaylyn knocking her into the air. Police said he then crashed his Dodge Avenger into the parking garage wall.
FOX 35 camera crews were there that night and saw the damage as university police, along with local police, investigated the crime scene. Before they would arrive, police said Gomez got out of the car, approached Kaylyn, and as she lie on the ground, punched her several times in the face until her friend managed to get help.
Martin said, "Jillian had run down the stairs screaming and got help and they had all come upstairs to help me at that point."
Police said Gomez then took off into nearby woods, and came out an hour later and they arrested him. According to the police report, he declined to be interviewed by police, and he declined an interview from jail with FOX 35.
Martin is determined to heal, both her broken feet, and her heart. She she had dated Gomez for nearly a year, knew him years before that, and had just broken up with him.
"We were out of contact for five days," she said. "I had even changed my number to make sure he wouldn't contact me." Martin continued, "I just want other women to know it's OK to reach out to talk about it. If you see the signs happening, reach out and talk to someone that can help you do something about it. Even if you can't, they'll be happy to call 911 for you and save your life."
Martin is still recovering physically and mentally. She said she plans to go to counseling but is trying to find a way to juggle the finances. According to UCF Police, the case is still open. Gomez is being held without bond.
Martin's family has set up a fund to help with expenses at:
Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union
300 S. Plumosa Street
Merritt Island, FL 32952
c/o Kaylyn Michelle Martin