Road Rage Victim Speaks Out
EL PASO - A disabled veteran was left bruised, bloodied and with a concussion after a road rage attack yesterday. Today he spoke with us in hopes someone witnessed his attack and could help bring the man to justice.
"Whoa!" That's the word that led to a road rage beating on 64-year old disabled veteran Juan Martinez-Flores. He said that to a car that cut him off right before a red light at Hawkins and I-10, and a passenger inside instantly became violent. According to Martinez-Flores, the man got out of his car and started yelling at him.
"...just cursing me out and then boom, he starts throwing punches through the window."
Martinez-Flores grabbed his steering wheel club to defend himself, but it was useless.
"He opened the door, I tried to put my truck in park but he pulled my arm, he pulled it hard," he said. "I tried to put my feet on the ground, but when I did that the truck moved and hit me on my right side on the back and knocked me down. When I'm going down, I look at this guy running into his van and taking off."
Martinez-Flores was beaten and left on the ground, and his truck started rolling away.
"All hell went through my mind, you know? It was so awful, that feeling. 'Oh my God, I hope it doesn't kill somebody.'"
The truck slammed into another car and then rolled into a building, but no one else was hurt.
"By this time there's a witness, an Angel of God because he was right there next to me helping me up, telling me I'm going to help you sir, I saw the whole thing."
The witness didn't get the license plate number, and the attacker got away. Mr. Martinez-Flores says the man was Hispanic, about 5' 7inches tall, with dark hair and dark eyes. He had a mustache, and he was with a woman in small dark blue SUV. Police have given us no updates in the case.
Martinez-Flores says that attack has given him a lot to think about.
"If you see them aggressive just stay away from them, just drive away. It doesn't matter where you go, just drive away because you can get killed. I could have gotten killed last night," he said.