A Saturday trip to the local paint and hardware store turned into a heated road-rage assault for 54-year-old Vincent Shandu who was beaten and verbally abused by an enraged motorist.
Shandu, an educator at Northbury Park Secondary, was at the paint and hardware store to pick up building supplies for his cousin when the attack took place.
Shandu said, “I was at the counter and I was ready to leave the store when a young white male, maybe in his early twenties, came in and asked who the owner of the light delivery vehicle in the parking bay was, to which I replied that it was mine.
“He then became angry and asked, ‘How must I f******g get into my vehicle?’ He proceeded to ask me to remove my vehicle but as his overlapped the parking bay line, I said no to which he retaliated with punches to my eyes, face, nose and upper body while shouting.”
Shandu could not remember exactly what the man said, but said the tone of insults were demeaning and racially abusive in nature. The man continued his physical attack on Shandu while hurling verbal abuse at him. Shandu tried to dodge some of the blows but was unable to.
“I began to fall to the floor but thankfully store employees intervened. He swore an employee and rushed off. I could not hear what he said.”
Shandu said, “I was surprised and shocked. It all happened so fast. I believe that it was a racial attack and I am unable to believe that he reacted in that manner. I felt belittled, embarrassed, humiliated and de-humanised. People do not behave this way in public. If he asked politely for me to help him as he parked incorrectly I would have helped him.”
Shandu drove himself to Medi-Clinic Hospital where he received treatment for bruises and a bleeding nose.
Shandu opened a case of assault against the attacker. He said, “I am still having nightmares about what happened. My right eye is still painful and I am experiencing eyesight problems. It feels as if it is becoming partially blind.” Shandu is planning to visit the optometrist as light hurts his eye and he is unable to read for a long amount of time as his eye becomes sore and painful.
His distraught wife could not believe something of this magnitude happened. He did not tell his children about the ordeal; instead he related that he was bitten by insects which had caused his eye to swell. He said, “They would be devastated if they heard about this. I am not proud of what occurred.”
Shandu expressed his gratitude to the staff of the store for their help and intervention
Parking-bay rows are occurring frequently and are endangering the lives of patrons. Arrive alive website enlightens road users with the following advice when dealing with aggressive drivers or road rage.
If you are faced with aggressive behaviour:
- Stay calm.
- Avoid eye contact with the aggressive driver so as not to exacerbate the situation.
- Do not respond to provocative words or actions.
- Do not respond with disrespectful words or actions.
- Do what you can to avoid conflict.
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