Police Arrest Precious In Nicetown For Vicious Hit-And-Run

Precious_Coleman-1024Precious Richardson Coleman, 29, is facing a particularly strong prosecution case in a remarkably disturbing criminal case. Coleman is accused of purposely running over Beatrice “Dee Dee” Spence, 24, and her uncle Damon Watson, 37. She allegedly targeted Spence with her 2004 white Dodge Durango in a jealous rage — resulting in the amputation of Spence’s leg. A video before shows her speeding up in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia, jumping the curb, and then backing up on the street before fleeing. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and related offenses. The attack also left Spence without a home after her mother ran out to help her with fried chicken cooking on the stove. [Warning: the story below has foul language]

Coleman mistakenly believed that Spence was dating her boyfriend.

The two women had a long-standing feud. Witnesses say that at 5 a.m. Friday, Coleman drove to Spence’s house and knocked on the door. She reportedly yelled “It’s Precious. Tell your daughter to stop fucking blocking me on Instagram!” She then allegedly threw a brick through the window. Spence’s mother then filed a police report. A few hours later, Coleman called Dee Dee Spence and said that she was coming over. At about 2 pm, Spence reportedly waited for Coleman on the sidewalk with Watson, her uncle. Coleman appeared at the end of the block and then allegedly ran both of them over. Spence was pinned against the porch and her leg was almost completely torn off.

Spence’s mom, Danika Spence, heard the hit-and-run and ran out of the kitchen to help her daughter with turning off the stove where she was cooking fried chicken. As she tried to keep her daughter alive on the street, the oil burst into flames and gutted their home. Spence lived in the house with her mother, two sisters (Alissa and America), and a niece.

In torts, we often have to deal with the question of liability for injuries sustained escaping a negligent or intentional act. For example, jumping out of a careening taxi can expose the tortfeasor to liability for the resulting injuries if they were responsible for the underlying danger. In this case, few would criticize a mother who ran immediately to the side of her daughter to try to save her life in such a horrific attack. While Coleman sounds “judgment proof” financially, an argument could be made that the crime (and tort) was the proximate cause of the fire even though normally leaving chicken frying on the stove would be negligence.

What is clear is that Precious’ time on social media is close to over. She left parts of the car on the street and a video showing the attack. There are a host of witnesses as well as path of destruction in her wake. Most prosecutors would offer little in terms of a plea bargain with such an evidentiary foundation.

65 thoughts on “Police Arrest Precious In Nicetown For Vicious Hit-And-Run”

  1. @Pogo

    Immature trolling??? Hmmm. Oh, I guess Mike wants us to do more mature forms of trolling, like for example, asking this question:

    If RFRA had been law in 1965, would black people ever have gotten their civil rights???

    Because that is like a totally mature and legally sensible question. Not.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. Now, go ahead. Time to return to our regularly scheduled program, consisting of calling everyone racists, Islamaphobes, fascists, imperialists, warmongers, etc. If I left any out, apologies.

  3. I have a feeling that Precious was just suffering from a little heartbreak. Love makes you do crazy stuff. If only Precious had love in her life.

    On a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers are with the victim.

    Having said that, I think that it’s time for a little musical intermission.

    Squeeky, this is for you. You and I seem to appreciate some of the same music. Who better than Audra McDonald? Really, is there anyone better to sing I Wish I Were in Love Again?

  4. A bona fide thief that defrauded the US taxpayer out of $250,000,000 through medicare and medicaid scams becomes Governor of Florida, twice, using his stolen money to fund his campaigns and all because he had the money to buy the best legal defense available. Now this situation with Precious will surface more legal magic. Yet somehow this is seen as deplorable and the Governor of Florida is free after refusing to answer dozens of times for his crimes.

    JT, how about some more important issues. This is hack stuff.

  5. bettykath
    A tragic event and unprovoked racist commentary has to creep in.
    = = =
    Racism resides here…

  6. “… this is a very tragic story, and it has nothing to do with race or “white privilege” or pinning the incident on a “white dude.” Second, it has nothing to do with politics or “leftism.”

    Sure it does, for both.
    the left continually brings race into every venue when it suits their agenda, and decries its use when the facts speak against them.
    The majority of universities spend considerable time hectoring and indoctrinating students on “white privilege”.
    So citing that as a joke defense is appropriate.

    “Third, it has nothing to do with bogus legal theories such as “trigger words.”
    It’s a joke, again.
    But in lefty universities, the soft students are so traumatized that they cannot bear free speech and learn to cry “trigger word” at the slightest disagreement.

    “The issue raised by the story concerns the extent to which proximate cause principles can support liability for….

    An issue raised, not the issue raised.
    It may be the one you prefer, but it is only one angle of the story.

    “You may now return to the regularly scheduled program of immature trolling.
    Ad hominem.

  7. bettykath, Your side decided that dividing the country up into different identities and portraying them all as victims of white men who need to be rescued by Democrats was the way to political power.

    The smug self-righteous shtick is old. Go pound sand.

  8. bettykath is absolutely correct on a number of levels. First, this is a very tragic story, and it has nothing to do with race or “white privilege” or pinning the incident on a “white dude.” Second, it has nothing to do with politics or “leftism.”
    Third, it has nothing to do with bogus legal theories such as “trigger words.”

    The issue raised by the story concerns the extent to which proximate cause principles can support liability for consequences which one would not ordinarily expect to result from the specific facts in this instance. That is the sort of problem which courts and lawyers have to deal with on a daily basis. And it is a very serious problem for the Spence family who will have to live with that determination.

    You may now return to the regularly scheduled program of immature trolling.

  9. I am sure that some attorney will find that there were ‘trigger words’ used by Dee Dee Spence causing Ms. Coleman to run her over. Oh, and the car does not go in reverse so she could not go back to check on them.

    Actually, there have been a spate of hit and runs on tv. Maybe she copied those.

  10. I think I figured out how we can pin it on a white dude.

    Instagram was founded by a white dude. Precious was blocked on Instagram. Being blocked on Instagram caused Precious to temporarily go insane and want to murder her friend. If the white dude never invented Instagram, Precious would be a sane law abiding contributing member of society. Clearly, the white dude needs to be held to account for creating the conditions that caused Precious to temporarily lose her mind and attempt to murder her friend.

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