Cars Collide, Tempers Flare
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In less than ten seconds, a car accident in West Charlotte escalates from a bad fender bender to an out of control rampage. Surveillance video shows women in a white car jump out, one pulling off her shoe, and start kicking and punching the blue vehicle.
The driver, a pizza delivery guy, remains inside. The women pull out pizzas and food and throw them on the ground. The women's kids are seen in the video. Finally, the guy inside grabs a bat out of his back seat and walks away.
"Here you are, you're in a bad wreck anyhow, you know, you oughta be seeing if anybody's hurting, you know? not jumping on 'em, fighting 'em," says northwest Charlotte resident Lewis Shackleford.
He says he has no idea what prompted the outrageous reaction from the women in the other car. He says he suffered a black eye, broken teeth and memory loss from the May 25th incident. "I never said not one word to them (sic) people. I never opened my mouth, I never hit them, I hit at them or nothing, not one time," he says.
Police got to the scene within about one minute after 911 calls started coming in and they say something happened that kept the bad situation from getting worse. "Their presence alone, the good Samaritan's presence alone helped de-escalate this situation," says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Captain Michael Harris. He is talking about the people who can been seen in the video pulling up to the scene and calling for help. Harris says this unusual incident doesn't classify as road rage because, "The typical standard road rage situation is both cars are moving."
Lacoya Moore and Talisha Martin were arrested on the scene. Police charged them with assault and injury to personal property. Meantime, Shackleford has been unable to deliver pizzas due to his injuries. He says, "I'm 63 years old with a 17-year-old daughter, I got to work. I got to work."
Lacoya Moore tells FOX Charlotte she wants to apologize to Shackleford for "acting out of anger" after the wreck, but says she did not assault him. Police say Shackleford had the right of way.