Evansville Mother Speaks About Being Ran Over by SUV in Walmart Parking Lot

On Saturday night, a hit and run occurred in the Walmart parking lot on the West side of Evansville that sent one woman to the hospital with injuries.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 7:02 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 8:51 AM

On Saturday night, a hit and run occurred in the Walmart parking lot on the West side of Evansville that sent one woman to the hospital with injuries.

Ariel Bell and her family were entering the Walmart parking lot for a fun Halloween themed shopping night when a car began pursuing them closely, flashing its lights, and honking at them after a 3-way stop.

That’s when Ariel and her fiancé pulled their car over and stepped out of their vehicle to figure out what had the pursuing driver in such a frenzy.

“I take two steps away from the Jeep, to walk towards them, and they hit me from my rear fender and dragged me to the front fender," said Ariel Bell.

After the incident, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Bell says she suffered a two-minute seizure and woke up in her fiancé’s arms.

“Him holding me crying," said Bell. "I was hearing both of my boys screaming in tears.”

And Bell’s son was sitting in the back seat of her jeep just a few feet away from the incident as he watched this scary scene unfold.

“I literally watched her get ran over," said Bell's son. "I kind of figured she was going to die.”

Bell says the driver of the vehicle was in a white Chevy Suburban, and she has just one message for the person that did this.

“You could’ve killed somebody," said Bell. "You could’ve taken a mother away from her child. You could’ve taken somebody’s fiancé away. You could’ve done a lot more damage than what you did, and all for what?”

Sergeant Anna Gray of the Evansville Police Department says they’re waiting on security footage from Walmart to hopefully give them a better description of the vehicle, the driver, and possibly the license plate number so that they can make an arrest.

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