Woman run over by car after fistfight

A woman was run over by a car after an April 6, 2015 altercation in Grand Rapids. (Courtesy image)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 19-year-old woman was run over by a car following a fistfight in Grand Rapids on Monday.

Sierra Washington was hospitalized for treatment of a dislocated knee and bruises, then released.

“I have like tire marks all right here, all on the back of my back,” Washington showed 24 Hour News 8 on Tuesday.

The incident in the area of Prospect Avenue SE and Garden Street was captured on cellphone video that was later posted online. It shows what started out as a fistfight between Washington and another woman. Then the other woman gets into a car and runs over Washington.

The sound of the car going over the Washington’s body can be heard in a second video recorded inside the car.

“I really wasn’t thinking that she’s going to run me over,” Washington said. “But she just ran me over and I actually thought I was dead. My body crunched up. I was just sitting there in shock. Then she turned around like she was going to come back again and my friends hurried up and picked me up, thank God.”

She said the altercation started on Facebook.

“She was calling my baby ugly — basically Facebook beef back and forth,” Washington said.

Washington wants the driver behind bars.

“I understand the fight,” she said. “The fight is one thing. I’m perfectly fine with the fight. I don’t regret anything. But as far as running me over, you know, justice should be served.”

The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating.


A March 28, 2015 mug shot of Jalin Smith-Walker from the Kent County Correctional Facility.
(A March 28, 2015 mug shot of Smith-Walker from the Kent County Correctional Facility.)

Police said Wednesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for the driver, Jalin Smith-Walker, but did not immediately specify what charges she was expected to face.

Smith-Walker, 19, had not been booked into the county jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

At the time of the Grand Rapids incident, Smith-Walker was out on bond after being charged in an unrelated incident in Muskegon County in December.

In that case, she and another woman allegedly shoplifted jeans from a store at Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township and then dragged a security guard several feet behind a car after he confronted them.

Both women were charged with unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony, in the Muskegon County case.

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