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Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney ran over 4 people at fresh produce market, cops say

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A Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney was hit with an emergency suspension from the Florida bar after security video and witnesses say she drove her Kia into four people on a sidewalk at the exterior of The Fresh Market, according to Stuart Police.

When officers arrested Beatrice Bijoux, they say she told them she intended to hit people. She wasn’t trying to do business, but rather “voices in her head told her to kill people,” an arrest report said.

The photo of Béatrice Bijoux

Bijoux, who has been held without bail in the Martin County Jail since the Feb. 22 incident, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of high-speed escape or charge and four counts of attempted murder. On March 21, the state Supreme Court granted the emergency bar application for Bijoux, who was called to the bar in 2016.

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Bijoux’s Bar address and her law firm’s website indicate that her firm’s main office is in Fort Lauderdale, but the arrest report indicates that she lives in Stuart.

After Stuart Police responded to a 911 call from The Fresh Market at 2300 SE Ocean Blvd. at 12:52 p.m., according to the report, a person who had been hit had been airlifted to a hospital and three people remained there. Two people who were seated at a table said the car jumped off the curb and pushed them about three or four feet into the wall behind them.

The woman airlifted to hospital said she did not see the car coming towards her, but knew it was a black car after hitting it.

Police said surveillance video showed a black Kia hitting people on the pavement at around 30 to 35 mph and then “reversing at high speed”. The driver attempted to hit another person, police said, but managed to get to safety.

The report says a witness followed the Kia, which had a Texas license plate. Bijoux did not stop for police on the street, instead driving to the Stuart Police Department and parking her car.

“When Bijoux got out of the vehicle, she immediately told Sgt. Reddick that the voices in her head had told her to kill people,” the report said.

After her arrest, the report says Bijoux said she wanted to kill other people, wanted to kill people she hit, wanted to kill herself, and even the 4-year-old niece who lives with her part-time. She claimed she was under a doctor’s care, but had not spoken to her doctor since December. She had never wanted to hurt other people before, but “couldn’t explain why today was any different.”

She asked a police lieutenant what the charges were. When told of the aggravated grievous bodily harm, the report said, “She immediately said she couldn’t believe she was only being charged because she wanted to kill these people.”

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