Seattle woman says she was hit by driver during ‘parking rage’ incident

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SEATTLE — “If I had not have jumped, she would have run me over,” alleged parking rage victim Jessica Dubuque said.

Jessica and her husband, Jacob, were headed out for a day of fun at the West Seattle Summer Fest.

Parking spots were few and far between so when Jessica saw a car leaving a parking spot, she jumped out and stood in the space to hold it until her husband pulled up.

That’s when she says things went bad.

“He was getting ready to turn around and she (the other driver) came right in front of him and got in the parking spot and I told her to hold on because my husband was on his way to get the spot and she goes, ‘No,'” Jessica said.

The driver insisted she got to the space first and refused to back off.

When Jessica refused to move, things got ugly.

“She said, ‘You better move.’ I said I’m not going to move,” Jessica recounted.

That’s when Jessica says the woman hit her with her car, not once or twice but three times.

“That’s when she made contact with my leg the first time after I told her no and then the second time she floored it after she said I needed to move and then the third time,” Jessica said.

Jessica said she was a little bruised and banged up but she’s going to be OK.

When the woman returned to her car, she was arrested and her car impounded.

Jessica never thought anything like this would happen to her and she still can’t believe that it did.

“I didn’t ever think somebody would really have the audacity to hit somebody while they’re standing there. She didn’t think anything of it,” Jessica said.

Q13 FOX News checked on the legality of the situation and the fact of the matter is it is illegal in the state of Washington to stand in and try to hold a parking space.

They are public spaces on a first-come basis, but if you find yourself in that situation police stress it is never OK to hit someone with your car.

The driver could face a vehicular assault charge.


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  • Connie

    Both of them were in the wrong. You can't stand in a parking spot to "hold" it and you can't run people over. If it were me driving the car, I would have pulled into the parking spot and waited for the woman to move. If she didn't, call the police, but don't run her over. They both need to be charged.

  • Ron

    Jessica is dumb…I hate when people do that. It’s illegal to save a spot for someone else and it makes her look like a complete jerk with no regard for other motorists. If you have a car it’s first come first serve, her husband was not physically there parking their car so he lost out. She didn’t deserve to get hit but I can’t say I feel sorry for her.

  • Ronnie Applewhite

    I don't think she deserved to be hit by a car, if that's what actually happened, but only a self absorbed jackwagon would think it's okay to go stand in a parking spot and save it while their spouse goes around the block or down the street to turn around. Judging by her comments, Jessica feels that she did absolutely nothing wrong, which of course is part of the problem. I have been confronted by entitled idiots like Jessica before, and each time I have just pulled into the spot as far as I can without actually hitting the person, and I made it crystal clear that there was no way I was moving.

    So Jessica, if you or your narcissistic entitled husband are reading this, I am very sorry IF you got hurt, and I don't think you deserved to be assaulted, but hopefully you have learned a lesson and the next time you won't act like such an entitled asshat.

  • george

    Hard to believe someone has the audacity to stand in a parking spot and tell someone trying to park there that she’s saving it…

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