A fight over a handicap parking spot led to a 71-year-old woman being severely injured and her 32-year-old assailant facing charges of felony aggravated battery, WITI is reporting.
On Tuesday, two vehicles were both attempting to claim a handicap parking spot at a Walmart in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Thirty-two-year-old Kezia Perkins couldn’t make the turn, and an unnamed 71-year-old lady pulled into the spot, according to witness John Rawlings.
“They both had handicapped tags. The older lady took the spot.”
This enraged the younger woman, who can be seen on surveillance camera footage approaching the older lady’s vehicle and yelling at her. After Perkins walked away, the victim got out of her vehicle. Perkins then ran back up to her and assaulted the victim with her bosom.
“This lady chest-butted.”
Rawlings tended to the victim and flagged down a police officer. When questioned, Perkins had a rather flimsy excuse for the assault.
“It’s not my fault the elderly woman bounced off my big [bosom].”
Police investigating the incident learned that the handicap placard in Ms. Perkins’ vehicle was expired and didn’t even belong to her. She was also driving on a suspended driver’s license.
Meanwhile, Rawlings attended to the elderly victim, laying in the snow.
“From what she told me when I was tending to her, she just had hip surgery done. She couldn`t move. It may have come undone.”
The victim suspects she has a broken femur and will probably need another hip replacement and months of physical therapy.
Perkins was charged with felony aggravated battery and taken to jail.
This is not the first parking dispute that has resulted in violence. Most famously, Craig Hicks is accused of murdering three Duke University students in what prosecutors describe as a “long-running parking dispute,” according to this Inquisitr report.
Perkins’ lawyer claims, in remarks via WPVI, that the whole thing is just a misunderstanding, and that Ms. Perkins may actually be the victim in the case.
“This was an unfortunate accident that came about after a misunderstanding between two individuals. Ms. Perkins is, herself, disabled, however the fact that her disability is not immediately noticeable led to confusion between the two women. More than anything, this case highlights the need for individuals to be aware of and sensitive to the fact that many people may suffer from disabilities and ailments that are not always readily noticeable.”
The unnamed victim in the handicap parking spot dispute also has a lawyer. She tells the media that the whole thing is a “tragedy” and wishes it would just “go away.”
[Images courtesy of: Parking Lot Striping Denver, WITI]