Woman plays chicken with car
Oct 16, 2013 at 8:50 AM
A woman was struck by a car in the parking lot of a Milan Road restaurant Tuesday afternoon after an alleged dispute over money.
She called dispatchers around 2 p.m. to report a robbery at Andy’s China Dragon. Thinking the restaurant itself had been robbed, Perkins police cruisers swarmed the lot, but soon found a different set of circumstances.
Witnesses reported seeing a car pull into the restaurant’s lot and the woman, an Andy’s China Dragon employee, exit the building and start speaking with a passenger in the vehicle.
After no more than a minute or two of conversation, the employee began to walk inside, while the vehicle began to back out, witness Shawn Morris said.
Morris then heard the passenger yell “you better get out of the way before I hit you,” with the woman responding “you aren’t going to hit me.”
The car’s driver called her bluff, and began to accelerate.
The car struck the woman, 18, who remained on its hood as it drove around the building’s drive- through lane and out onto Milan Road, Morris said.
When the car turned north onto Milan Road, the woman rolled off in a somersault and landed in the inner northbound lane, Morris said. The car ran over her foot, then pulled away, Morris said.
The occupants of the car called police soon after from a gas station at Ohio 101 and 2, Erie County deputies said. Witnesses indicated a woman was driving the car, while the male passenger the woman was speaking to remained in the passenger seat.
Perkins police concluded the incident centered around owed money.
“In the process of paying back money or arguing about how much one was going to pay the other, one party tried to leave and the other party tried to stop that car with her body,” Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said.
Officers will meet with prosecutors early today to determine which, if any, charges will be brought against those involved, Klamar said.
Ambulances responded to the restaurant for the woman’s injuries, but she refused treatment, officers said.