HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — A man is recovering after he says he was violently attacked by another man who ran him off the road in Hesperia last week.
The victim, who wish to be identified only as Joe, says he required 11 stitches above his nose and several staples on the back of his head after the confrontation near the intersection of Ranchero Road and Cottonwood Avenue last Wednesday night.
“Unfortunately, this happened just out of his rage,” he said.
Joe says he was driving when a man, possibly in his 20s, forced him onto the dirt shoulder of the road. He says the driver then got out of his car with a blunt object, possibly a flashlight.
“I went to exit my vehicle. All I remember at that point was him kicking my door and doing the damage on the front of my face and back of my head,” he said, gesturing to his stitches.
Joe says moments before the attack he noticed the man was agitated with another driver on the road.
“It seemed as though they were going to get into an accident of some sort,” he remembered. “I would have to say it was road rage between two other vehicles and then it just poured over to me.”
Joe called 911 but deputies tell CBS2/KCAL9 he didn’t have a plate number and could not provide a good description of his attacker.
“He seemed to have an orange construction-type shirt on. They were driving a white Toyota Camry, Honda or Kia — they all look the same now,” he said.
Joe is hoping someone in the High Desert knows who his attacker is and turns the person in. He says he simply didn’t deserve this.
“[It was] very awkward. Out of nowhere. I still don’t have an answer for it. I wish I did,” he said.