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Injured Woman Speaks Out About Fatal Parking Lot Crash
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- The driver accused of striking two pedestrians -- and killing one -- at a Kroger parking lot claimed he was acting in self-defense.
The victim who survived the altercation, however, said the defendant, Montez Hollins, is lying.
"He didn't care to see my husband laying there dead," Kristina Petree says in a video captured by relatives visiting her in the hospital. "He was talking about him, taunting me as I was laying there with my body parts separated from my body and my bones protruding from me. He thought he was the one wrongly victimized."
Petree has been in the hospital since the incident, which occurred Friday in West Columbus. Doctors are considering removing one of her legs.
"My ribs are bruised, my head is bruised and my leg is ruined because of someone being asked to slow down in a crosswalk," Petree says in the video.
According to Petree's sister, Fonda Hill, Petree and her common law husband Jason Barry, 34, were in the crosswalk when a speeding driver cut them off.
"She was walking through the crosswalk. She said someone sped through. She said, 'What's the hurry? Slow down,'" Hill said.
That is when the speeder's boyfriend got involved, according to police reports.
Petree told her sister the speeder grabbed Petree's sleeve through the window while she called her boyfriend, telling him to hit her.
Petree says in the video that the man pinned them against two cars at 60 miles per hour.
"We were trying to load our groceries in the car and he kept circling the parking lot like some kind of disgusting shark looking for blood," Petree said.
Barry had reportedly jumped in front of Petree to protect her. He died from those injuries.
Hollins' attorney said his client may have acted in fear because Barry was carrying a gun.
Petree's family doubted the legitimacy of that fear.
"His gun was never puled. It was always holstered," Hill said. "He was busy saving her life.
Hollins is now in the Franklin County Jail under a $150,000 bond.