Woman douses driver with gas in spat over cigarette

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Kimberly Brinton pictured in an undated photo provided by the Wyoming County Correctional Facility. Brinton faces multiple charges after allegedly dousing another woman with gas in a dispute over a cigarette. (Wyoming County Correctional Facility)

MEHOOPANY, Penn. — A Pennsylvania woman faces multiple charges after allegedly spraying another woman with gasoline during an argument over a lit cigarette at a gas pump, according to police.

Kimberly Brinton was pumping gas with a lit cigarette last week at the Mehoopany Dandy Mart in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, when another woman, Tami Donovan, yelled at her to stop smoking near the gasoline, police said.

An argument broke out and Donovan allegedly threw water at the cigarette. Then, as Donovan tried to pull away, police say Brinton leveled the gas nozzle at the other woman, dousing her with fuel.

Donovan got out of her vehicle, slipped and fell in the gas, and broke her arm, according to officials.

Brinton is facing assault and other charges in Wyoming County.

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  • michaeljmcfadden

    I believe Fox17 reported on a somewhat similar/related story a couple of months ago. A man left his girlfriend smoking in a motel room, walked to a gas pump, filled a cup with gasoline, then went back and threw it on her while she was smoking. I believe she ended up dying from burns.

    I’ve argued for a very long time that violence and deaths related to the modern antismoking movement are grossly unrecognized. It’d be nice to have a study done using the more extensive reports in police records, but it would take a LOT of research time (I don’t think the full reports are generally computer-accessible.) and something tells me that none of the $500 million annual “Tobacco Control” research grants would go in such a direction.

    – MJM

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