Man, 70, battered in suspected road rage incident

Douglas Edwards (70) suffered a fractured jaw and broken ribs after he was severely assaulted in a road rage episode. Pic: Rekord East

Douglas Edwards (70) suffered a fractured jaw and broken ribs after he was severely assaulted in a road rage episode. Pic: Rekord East

A motorist allegedly threw stones at an 70-year-old man’s car, who then got off to confront the man, but the elderly man was allegedly beaten into a coma in Kilner Park, Pretoria.

The two of them had exchanged aggressive gestures in traffic before the suspect, believed to be in his 30s, started throwing stones opposite the Super Spar on Lynette Street at about 4.30pm. Douglas Edwards, from Queenswood, allegedly suffered a fractured jaw and three broken ribs from the assault, Rekord East reported

“I pulled over to confront the man. He moved aggressively towards me as I approached his car. He attacked me and knocked me unconscious,” Edwards said.

“According to the doctor’s report, the man must have kicked me in the ribs when I was on the ground. He said my injuries were too extensive for only one punch.”

Edwards said he suffered double vision after the attack. Other consequences were loose teeth, broken ribs, a fractured jaw, severe pain in his right upper arm, sprained wrists and abrasions on his hands, face and right elbow.

His glasses were damaged in the assault and his R13 000 hearing aid fell off when he collapsed on the ground.

“No one lifted a finger to help me during the assault. At first I wanted revenge for what he did to me, but later on I realised that the man needed help. He needed counselling of some sort, and I hope he will seek professional help,” said Edwards.

He implored possible eyewitnesses to come forward.

Edwards alleged the Villieria police refused to accept his typed statement because he could not identify his attacker.

“In my totally disoriented and confused state after the man knocked me down, I tried to commit his car’s registration number to my memory, but had forgotten it by the time I reached home,” he said.

Station commander Colonel Gawie Alberts said there might have been a misunderstanding between Edwards and the police. He urged Edwards to visit the police station again to lay a charge.

In a separate incident, the man accused of killing another motorist in a Bonaero Park road rage incident was granted R10 000 bail in Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon.

Jacques van Tonder, 44, a South African Airways pilot, will face a charge of murder for allegedly killing Louis Jansen van Rensburg from Boksburg, on the East Rand.

– Caxton News Service

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