The victim of a ‘violent’ road rage in Broad Oak said the man could have killed her 10-year-old nephew when he tried to push her car out of his way.
The 30-year-old woman from London was assaulted by the man at around 4.30pm on Udimore Road on Monday, December 28.
At one point, the victim stood in front of his white Isuzu pickup truck to stop him leaving.
“It was just horrible – I think if my boyfriend had not pulled me out of the way and stood and in the street, he would have mown me down,” she told the Observer.
“I think he’s a dangerous person if he behaves in the way – to lose your temper so easily.
“There are so many elements to his behaviour that are very worrying.”
It started when the man overtook parked vehicles on the side of the road and encroached into the victim’s lane, blocking her way.
She waited for him to reverse as it was her right of way, instead he tried to push her car back with his bumper and his full beam headlights on.
Both drivers got out of the car when she was pushed and spat at, all while a woman and a young child sat in the pickup truck.
The woman’s boyfriend, who tried to intervene, was also assaulted and verbally abused.
The man then got back into his car and tried to push the woman’s car down the hill with her nephew inside.
Luckily the wheel was turned so it stopped on the curb.
“If someone in the local area knows him they might be able to help,” she said.
“When you meet someone and it’s your right of way, people can get a bit stubborn but how could I move when he was shining his full beam in my face?
“He’s just a big bully – am I meant to just move out of his way?
“He’s a horrible piece of work to react like that.”
The truck driver has been described as a white man, about 5’10”, of stocky build, with short grey hair.
He is thought to be aged between 40 and 50-years-old.
PC Thomas Thorpe, of Sussex Police, has issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
He said: “This was a violent and prolonged altercation which happened on a busy main road.
“Anyone who saw what happened is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting reference 984 of 28/12.”
Alternatively witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RyeandBattleObserver
3) Follow us on Twitter Text to display
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.