Man collapses after road rage attack

Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of a  man who collapsed on the road after he was allegedly  assaulted in a road rage incident yesterday.

Witnesses said they saw the alleged assailant swerve in front of the victim’s car, forcing him to stop in Taieri Rd near Wakari Hospital, between Wakari Rd and Helensburgh Rd.

The man  then stormed out of his car and began smashing the windscreen with his fist before forcing open the driver’s  door and repeatedly hitting the victim.

He then fled the scene and remained at large yesterday evening.

Witnesses said the victim stumbled from his car, then collapsed as members of the public rushed to his aid,  comforting him until an ambulance arrived.

Members of the public assist a man after he was seriously assaulted in a road rage incident in...
Members of the public assist a man after he was seriously assaulted in a road rage incident in Halfway Bush yesterday afternoon. Photos: Gregor Richardson
A bystander recorded the alleged assault on a  phone and showed police. Passers-by were seen crying and hugging on the footpath as the man was carried into an ambulance by St John paramedics.

A police spokeswoman said the alleged offender, known to police, was still at large and inquiries were continuing.

It appeared the victim tried to drive off before he was assaulted, the spokeswoman said.

What spurred the alleged assailant’s actions were unclear, she said. Dunedin man Mike Vince said he was driving past and stopped to run to the man’s aid as he lay on the road.

A man reportedly smashed a windscreen of a  car before seriously assaulting the driver in a road...
A man reportedly smashed a windscreen of a car before seriously assaulting the driver in a road rage attack in Taieri Rd yesterday.
He described the man as being in his 60s and condemned the  vicious  attack.

"As far as I know he’s smashed the front windscreen of the car, then just opened the door and just started hitting the man ...  It’s just disgusting, absolutely disgusting — there’s no need for that."

A St John spokesman said the man was taken  by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital’s emergency department with minor injuries.

tim.miller@odt.co.nz

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