A Philadelphia woman lost her leg and her home went up in flames, all because a neighbor believed she was trying to steal her boyfriend and ran her down in her SUV, family members say.
Precious Richardson Coleman, 29, turned herself in to police Saturday and awaits two charges of attempted murder after running down 24-year-old Beatrice ‘Dee Dee’ Spence and her uncle in her 2004 white Dodge Durango.
WPVI reports that Coleman had shown up on Spence’s block in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia, before Spence went out to confront her.
That’s when Coleman sped forward, hopping the curb and striking both Spence and her uncle, 37-year-old Damon Watson, who was standing alongside his niece.
‘She jumped up on the pavement,’ Watson told the Daily News. ‘I turned, and the car threw me. She hit me on the side. I bounced off the car.’
‘I turned and saw Dee Dee. Her whole leg was flying off,’ Watson continued. ‘It was hanging off. She was screaming in pain.’
Family members said the SUV briefly pinned Spence against the porch, before Coleman reversed and sped away.
Paramedics arrived and transported Spence to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, where she had to have her right leg amputated below the knee.
Spence’s mother, Danika, had been frying chicken and cooking macaroni and cheese, but left the kitchen in a rush to help her daughter.
The unattended stove went up in flames, causing a housefire that consumed both the Spences’ home and a neighbor’s, before firefighters extinguished the blaze.
The hit and run was the climax of a simmering feud between the two women over Coleman’s current boyfriend, whom Spence had reportedly dated in the past.
‘She thought Dee Dee was with him,’ Spence’s sister Alissa, 14, told the Daily News. ‘She wasn’t at all. That was her ex. They weren’t seeing each other anymore. She had moved on.’
At 5 a.m. on the morning of the incident, relatives say, Coleman showed up at the front of the home that Spence shared with her mother and two younger sisters.
‘It’s Precious,’ Ameria Spence, 9, recalled hearing Coleman saying. ‘Tell your daughter to stop f****** blocking me on Instagram!’
‘Then she picked up a brick and threw it through the window,’ Ameria added.
Danika Spence filed a police report, family members said, but Coleman phoned Dee Dee Spence a few hours later to say she was going to return.
Police found Spence’s SUV with significant damage to the front bumper Saturday morning.
Coleman is currently being held on $750,000 bail at Riverside Correctional Facility on attempted murder and related charges.
For now, the Spence family is trying to recover from the traumatic incident, staying at the home of Spence’s grandmother next door to the house that went up in flames.
‘My mom, she’s just so hurt. She’s devastated,’ Spence’s 14-year-old sister said. ‘She just wants Dee Dee home and safe.’
‘My sister says she’s trying not to be depressed. She’s strong. But this is a lot.’