A parking lot fight was started over a handicapped spot at a Walmart store in Greenfield, Wisconsin. The fight actually sent an elderly woman to the hospital as she tried to park in a handicapped spot, according to Examiner. The suspect is accused of using her chest to knock the 71-year-old woman to the ground .
John Rawlings of West Allis says growing up, he was taught a valuable lesson.
“It doesn’t matter who is in the right and who is in the wrong. You should treat everybody as you want to be treated.”
That lesson is the first thing he thought of when he saw the parking lot fight over the handicapped spot during a recent trip to Walmart.
“I saw this other vehicle parked behind this SUV.”
According to a police report. 32-year-old Kezia Perkins was attempting to park in a handicapped spot at the Greenfield Walmart store. She couldn’t make the turn, and that’s when the 71-year-old woman pulled in.
“They both had handicapped tags. The older lady took the spot.”
This is when the parking lot fight started over a handicapped spot because it apparently angered Perkins. Surveillance photos show Perkins going up to the victim’s car and yelling through the passenger side window, according to The Inquisitr. After waiting a moment, the 71-year-old woman exited her vehicle, and Perkins approached her.
“This lady chest-butted.”
A nearby officer was flagged down. Perkins allegedly told police “it’s not my fault the elderly woman bounced off my big (chest).” When police ran her license, they found it is suspended and Perkins’ handicapped placard isn’t valid. That placard wasn’t even registered in Perkins’ name, police say.
Rawlings says he tended to the victim, who was lying on the snowy pavement.
“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 parking lot fight over the handicapped spot sent the victim to the hospital where she had five hours of surgery. The attack allegedly caused fractures to her femur and the need for a second hip replacement. The victim says she expects “months of physical therapy.”
Perkins is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery. A lawyer for Perkins has issued a statement:
“We maintain Ms. Perkins’ innocence relating to the charges that have been brought by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. 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.
If convicted over the parking lot fight over the handicapped spot, Perkins faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines, notes the New York Daily News. She will be in court next week. The victim says she has a lawyer, and wishes this whole incident would “go away,” calling it “a tragedy.”