Video shows fight at gas station escalates until driver hits car with baby


A heated argument at a petrol station last week escalated into physical violence and eventually led to a woman crashing her vehicle into another car with a seven-month-old child in her backseat.

The incident began early Tuesday morning when police in Van Buren Township, Michigan reported that two women met at a Shell gas station to swap children’s clothes. What initially led to the hostility is unclear, but police told WXYZ News that one of the women, who arrived in a black SUV, approached the other, Ariyah Bennet, 26, and called her a “burnt piece of bread”. From there, the two started attacking each other, at one point throwing punches at each other.

As the fight progressed, Bennet got into her vehicle and rammed him into the other woman’s SUV. A seven-month-old child was in the backseat of Bennett’s vehicle, although it is unclear if it was her child, as another woman was in the car with her earlier in security footage . She also hit a burgundy van belonging to an innocent bystander, Kim Lulow, who was trying to get gas.

The incident was captured on surveillance footage and later shared by WXYZ News.

“I went and I was like OMG what’s going on?” Lulow told WXYZ News, describing the moment she initially heard Bennet’s tires squeal. “How can someone do that with a baby in their car. I can’t believe it.”

After colliding with the vehicles, Bennet allegedly got out and retrieved a baseball bat from her trunk. From there, she started banging the front windshield of the black SUV, while another woman pleaded that her child was still in the car. The child was eventually brought to safety as the incident continued. Lulow later said she felt lucky that Bennet grabbed a bat and not a gun.

“Well, the way they are with guns these days. I mean, you just don’t know,” she said.

A woman was arrested on Tuesday after crashing into another car with a baby after getting into a physical altercation at a gas station in Michigan. Above is a representative image of a Shell service station.
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Bennet was arrested shortly after the incident after Van Buren Township police were able to identify her, Fox 2 Detroit reported. She now faces felony charges, including malicious destruction of property and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as multiple misdemeanors.

The other woman involved in the initial spat currently faces no charges and has not been publicly identified. Police confirmed to multiple outlets that the seven-month-old was not injured in the incident.

Bennet has since been released from prison on personal bail and is due in court next week.

Newsweek contacted Van Buren Township Police for comment.


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