‘I could actually hear the bones breaking in my face’- Victim Recalls Road Rage Beating

DICKSON CITY, Pa. -- A man in Lackawanna County says he was nearly killed after being punched out at a stoplight in Dickson City last month by a road rage driver.

Jim Abdalla from Scott Township was rushed to the emergency room after he was punched several times in the face after the incident two weeks ago.

He still hasn't recovered from the beating.

Abdalla was driving home from Scranton on Route 6 near the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City on October 30, when he says a man alone, in a white Honda or Hyundai vehicle, was driving erratically.

"He was looking through and the arms were going, and he was pointing fingers, and I'm not quite sure what his problem was," Abdalla recalled.

According to the Dickson City police report, Abdalla told the driver, "You're in the wrong lane." Moments later, the light turned red at the intersection of Route 6 and Scott Road, about a mile away from the mall.

After Abdalla stopped, the man he was arguing with got out of his car and came to the driver's side window, so Abdalla rolled his window down to see what he had to say.

Instead of continuing the argument, the man started punching Abdalla in the face, and since Abdalla had his seatbelt on, he was a sitting duck.

"He blasts me in the face, there was blood flying out, just bang, bang, bang, bang, as I'm strapped in my seat," he said. "I could actually hear the bones breaking in my face as he was hitting me."

"Why would you roll the window down?"

"I rolled it down because I didn't really think that it was that big of a deal," Abdalla replied.

"We would want to follow up on this as best we can so we could get somebody like this off the road," said Dickson City Patrolman Michael Fredericks.

Dickson City police want to talk to a bystander who helped break up the fight.

Police also describe the road rage driver on its Facebook page: a white man in his 30s with beard growth and a tattoo on his chest.

"He may hurt somebody if not kill somebody," said Abdalla.

Abdalla hopes anyone on Route 6 Tuesday morning, October 30, steps forward with information about the road rager who beat him.

"It's not bad now. It's been two weeks, but he could easily have killed me or somebody else, so this guy needs to be caught," Abdalla added.

Abdalla is in the process of posting a reward to help find the road rage driver.

Dickson City police say if you believe you are targeted by an aggressive driver, dial 911, head to a public place, and never roll down your window if approached.

13 comments

  • Hope Moffitt

    I REMEMBER A TIME THAT I WASNT GOING FAST ENOUGH FOR A GUY HERE AT THE LAKE …. LETS JUST CALL HIM KAVE DENNEDY …. I WAS GOING SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN THE SPEED LIMIT OF 25 MPH. SO A CAR FLEW UP BEHIND ME NEARLY HITTING ME …. THEN FOLLOWED LITERALLY INCHES FROM MY BACK BUMPER. I DIDNT KNOW WHO IT WAS BUT I COULD CLEARLY SEE HANDS FLYING AROUND AND AN ENRAGED PERSON SCREAMING IN THE CAR. SO I PULL OVER TO THE GAS STATION NOT 1/4 MILE FROM WHERE THIS BEGAN, THINKING HE’LL JUST BE HAPPY NOT TO BE BEHIND ME. WELL I GO TO OPEN THE CAR DOOR AND HE’S STANDING THERE WITH A BASEBALL BAT OVER HIS HEAD APPARENTLY READY TO KILL ME WITH IT. I LOOKED IN MY REAR VIEW MIRROR AND SAW THAT HE PULLED INTO THE PARKING LOT ACROSS STREET, AND RAN OVER, I JUST HADNT SEEN THAT HAPPEN. GOD FORBID YOU DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT THESE DAYS AND MAKE SOMEONE ANGRY, YOU END UP DEAD.. LONG STORY SHORT, COPS DID NOTHING OF COURSE. SMALL TOWN POLITICS AT WORK AGAIN !

    • straubdavid9

      It doesn’t matter if you are just doing the speed limit or a little over …… some numbnuts will be riding your back bumper trying to push you along or force you off the road because of their ignorant/dangerous behavior. I can not count the number of times I’ve had to pull off the road to let some idiot get in front of me, although they had the entire left lane to go around me! Cops need to watch and enforce tailgating more ….. as far as I am concerned it is endangerment with a deadly weapon!

  • Peter Andrew

    We need to be more aware of danger around us. This isn’t Disney World.. “not that big a deal” is a way that people get killed by being oblivious.

  • RackAttackšŸŽ±āŒ (@attack_rack)

    According to Google Street View, there’s at least 3 street cameras between the mall and the “beating” intersection. Try to get a plate. If not from those cameras, then, in this day and age, there’s probably a ton more cameras around the area, find one that shows the guy or the license plate.

    • straubdavid9

      As opposed to whom …… another woman with anger issues? It’s gonna be one or the other ….. despite the gender dysphoria getting blown up everyone’s wahzoo these days ~8^)

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