A Clarksville woman says a case of road rage spiraled out of control when a fight in a parking lot led to the other driver punching her repeatedly in the face. The other driver says he was only acting in self defense.
The Clarksville woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 4 the injuries have left her with a fractured nose and eye socket.
"It's been painful," she said. "I'm scared. I feared my life. I still fear my life. The only hit that was apparent to me was hearing the crushing of my nose."
The woman said that on Saturday she was changing lanes near Rossview Road when she almost clipped a vehicle in her blind spot carrying Timothy James and his 13-year-old son.
"She started to pursue us down the road," said James. "She was flipping us off, motioning for us to pull over, hanging out the window."
The woman said it was James who motioned for her to stop at a Shell station. There, witnesses told Channel 4 they saw both get out of their cars and begin shouting.
"As she gets out of the vehicle, she says 'I will kill you,' so she starts to come toward me," said James. "She shoves me with both hands, then I defend myself."
"He claims I got out of the car and said I was going to kill him," the woman said. "No, no. I pushed him off to get him away from me, and that's when he commenced to beating me in my face."
"The only mistake I made was not contacting the police first," said James. "If I had, she would be the one having to face all these charges and not me. This is clearly self-defense and not road rage."
James said he turned himself in to Clarksville Police on Tuesday, but he said he has a lawyer involved and is expecting charges to be dropped.
"I won't accept anything less than a full dismissal of this," said James. "I've got my 13-year-old son in the vehicle. All I can think about is protecting him and his safety."
The woman said days later she's still shaken by how far a near collision escalated off the road.
"I don't feel safe at all," she said. "He's still free."
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