Are the following sentences okay if the intended meaning is that John ran away after he hit Mary?
Hitting Mary on the head, John ran away.
Giving Mary a punch on the head, John ran away.
Of course "Having hit Mary ..." and "Having given Mary a punch ..." would work, but there are sentences where the sequence of events can be expressed by simple Ving forms. I'm investigating whether "hit" and "give a punch" are okay in their Ving forms with the intended meaning.
I'd appreciate your help.