A Wisconsin woman is claiming that four white “classic Wisconsin frat boys” carried out a racist arson attack on her as she was driving at 1AM on Wednesday.
Althea Bernstein is alleging that four “intoxicated” white men attacked her in a coordinated attack, spraying her with lighter fluid- as she was waiting in a car at a red stoplight- and setting her on fire with a lighter. The men allegedly shouted racial slurs at her, as they executed the attack at 1 in the morning.
“I was listening to some music at a stoplight and then all of a sudden I heard someone yell the N-word really loud,” claimed Bernstein in an interview with Madison 365. “I turned my head to look and somebody’s throwing lighter fluid on me. And then they threw a lighter at me, and my neck caught on fire and I tried to put it out, but I brushed it up onto my face. I got it out and then I just blasted through the red light… I just felt like I needed to get away.”
Bernstein claims that she drove away from the racist attackers, going on to pat down the incendiary flames that they had afflicted upon her.
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Bernstein’s burns are exclusively on the right side of her face, meaning that she was burned on the opposite part of her face facing the car window as she was driving.
Althea Bernstein works as an EMT while studying to be a paramedic and firefighter.
The 18-year-old woman says she was attacked with lighter fluid and flame early Wednesday morning by a white men yelling racial slurs. She sustained second- and third-degree burns.
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It’s not unreasonable to question the accuracy and veracity of Bernstein’s claims, especially considering the abundance of recent hate crime hoaxes that have been busted upon scrutiny. The Madison police is reportedly investigating the case in pursuit of potential suspects, but no arrests have been made as of Sunday morning, despite Bernstein claiming that her attackers were wearing distinguishable Hawaiian shirts that could be easily identified from surveillance camera footage.