- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2001

An early-morning fender bender yesterday led to a roadside fight that landed a Mount Vernon-area man in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Fairfax County police said the 28-year-old man is in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is not being identified because he is a witness in the case.
His attacker is still at large and is thought to be driving a red 1988 to 1991 Honda with damage to the rear.
Lt. Amy Lubas, a police spokeswoman, said detectives were working with doctors to determine the nature of the mans injuries. She said he suffered "upper-body trauma," but did not elaborate.
"It does not appear he was shot," she said. The hospital referred all media calls to police.
Police said two vehicles collided on Seven Woods Drive near Burlingame Place in the Mount Vernon area about 2:15 a.m.
The two drivers got out of their vehicles and began arguing. The dispute "escalated into an assault" and the 28-year-old man fell injured to the ground.
"We do not know what led up to that whole thing happening," Lt. Lubas said.
Residents found the man lying on Seven Woods Drive shortly after the incident and called police. Lt. Lubas said the neighborhood is busy at all hours, with many residents coming and going to work at late hours.
Such encounters between motorists are nothing new, according to reports prepared for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
"Motorists involved in fender-bender collisions and silly traffic disputes are increasingly being shot, stabbed, beaten and run over for inane reasons," a 1997 report stated.It mentions the case of an Indiana University student who hacked a maintenance worker over an argument about where the student parked his car.
During another violent traffic dispute, a man was shot "because he was driving too slowly." In another case, a woman was shot because "the [expletive] hit my new Camaro."
Last year, Kurebia Hampton of Woodbridge, Va., began serving 18 years in prison for slamming the head of a young mother, Natalie Giles Davis, into a sidewalk after a minor traffic quarrel. The victim died two days later of a brain hemorrhage.
In Maryland, two roadside altercations involved public figures.
Six years ago, motorist Caroline Goldman accused former Maryland legislator Robin Ficker of hitting her in the face and breaking her glasses during a postaccident argument in Potomac.
A Montgomery County judge found him guilty of battery and malicious destruction of property.
The judge fined Mr. Ficker, ordered him to replace the glasses and sentenced him to community service. A jury later dropped the malicious-destruction charge. The States Attorneys Office then dropped the battery charge.
In 1998, boxer Mike Tyson pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a traffic altercation in Derwood. Police charged that Mr. Tyson hit and kicked two motorists. A judge sentenced the fighter to a year in jail.


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