Three Struck by Car During Fight at McDonald's Hiring DayBy Melissa Reid Fox 8 News Reporter
April 19, 2011
Three people were struck by a car and two others were arrested after a fight broke out at a McDonald's during their "National Day of Hiring."
It's an event aimed at hiring thousands of local people, but police say a fight between two women got out of control.
"I was filling out my application when I saw two girls fighting," said Joseph Shores, an eyewitness. "I don't know their names, but they were fighting over drama, hood stuff."
The fight went down at the McDonald's located on East 105th and St. Clair.
Police say the fight was over a boy, and it started verbally and escalated into a physical fight that spilled into the crowd.
After that, witnesses say, the unthinkable happened.
"One girl was on top of the driver, beating her. Then the driver went forward, somehow it kicked into reverse, and the car went backwards, hitting three people. It was crazy!" said Arnecia Patterson.
Another eyewitness, Antoine Grey, captured the incident on his cell phone and showed it exclusively to Fox 8 News.
"Someone got into a car, backed up a car, and pummeled like four or five people," said Grey.
Three adults and one 17-year-old juvenile female were taken by EMS to MetroHealth Medical Center.
Their injuries do not appear to be serious at this time.
Among the injured was the owner of the McDonald's, as well as a manager.
"We are cooperating with police. There is nothing more important than the safety and well being of the people who go in and out of our restaurants," said McDonald's spokesman, Joe Woods.
The restaurant was immediately closed and hiring was suspended temporarily. The closure disappointed the people who came up and waited in line.
"You know, we are trying to get people jobs and this us the way people act? It makes it bad for people like me who can't get a job," added Patterson.
Woods said the incident will not affect those who were hired prior to the accident.
Police are still looking for the driver of the car. The passenger, Natasha Grayer, 22, of Cleveland, was arrested for felonious assault.
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