Pregnant victim says it was “life and death” situation

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One of two pregnant women is speaking first with 2NEWS about what police are investigating as a potential road rage incident leading to a crash on Sunday on West Grand and Forest Avenues.

Victim Kiara Scales spoke with 2NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé.

“I was scared for my life. I didn’t know what was going on. I knew that her stop– I didn’t know if she had a gun or not. I didn’t know if she was gonna kill me,” said the expectant mother.

The 23-year-old says she was the driver of the gray Dodge Charger that crashed into another truck.

Scales says she was chased by a woman driving a blue Mercury SUV, with four other women and child inside.

The woman says the incident started Sunday at Philadelphia Road when an unidentified woman drove up to the Dodge Charger, smashing her driver’s window with a tire iron.

The mom-to-be tells 2NEWS that she and passenger Mariah Dorsey, 22, “blanked out” and what was happening didn’t register until the shards of glass began spreading throughout the car.

She recalls Dorsey screaming to back up and escape their attacker; Scales then says she reversed and sped up towards Main Street, but the car continued to follow her.

Both pregnant women called 9-1-1 for help.

2NEWS obtained Scales’ call to dispatchers, in which the following is heard,

  “OPERATOR: 9-1-1 What’s the address of your emergency?
CALLER: I have a car. It is a truck chasing me. I am 8 months pregnant. This truck just busted in my car window.”

Scales tells 2NEWS at the intersection of Siebanthaler Road and Catalpa Driver, the attacker caught up to her truck and hit the bumper, by which time both she and Dorsey were still speaking with police dispatchers.

As fear heightened for the two, the mom-to-be says she “didn’t feel comfortable stopping” without police presence so she says she did the only thing she could do, run a red light to escape and save herself and her unborn child.

At that point, Scales says she recalls an oncoming truck headed in her direction, but says she couldn’t stop her vehicle and awoke to sounds of ringing, black smoke and an inflated air bag.

“I was– was terrified I just wanted to get away, like, to somewhere safe, where a police officer was at, where I knew, we could be safe and sound,” said the bed-ridden woman.

Scales says as the situation unfolded she only did what she thought best to protect both babies; her daughter survived.

Tuesday, Montgomery County Coroner Ken Betz announced Dorsey’s baby was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital.

“I honestly don’t know” why it happened says the 23-year-old; she says she wants people to know that “you do what you think is best” during a “life and death situation.”

Wednesday, 2NEWS reached out to Dorsey’s family, who say the woman is still in critical condition.

Scales also expressed that her heart goes out to the two innocent victims of the truck, Ronald Lewis, 59, and Anthony Ferguson, 60, who were injured in the crash following the road rage chase.

Thursday night the soon-to-be mom is undergoing occupational and physical therapy to re-learn how to walk; she said, “I mean it’s hard.It hurts, like emotional wise it hurts, knowing that I have to go through this over a senseless act of females that I don’t know,” Scales later told 2NEWS that, “I feel like I lost everything because most of the stuff I bought for her (unborn baby) is inside that car. So it ain’t like they took from me, they took from my unborn child, as well.”

Investigators told 2NEWS they are continuing to question witnesses and determine whether in fact, road rage was a factor.

Now, Scales wants the responsible party to turn themselves in to the police.

“I just want them to come forward, like, this is a senseless act where four people could have loss their life over what I do not know.”

No arrest have been made in the investigation.

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