A reward is now being offered to find the person who severely beat a man in a case of road rage Monday, putting him in intensive care. The victim’s family believes that a Good Samaritan who stepped in may have saved the man’s life.
Scott Bradford’s family said it happened Monday around 4 p.m. at 175th and A Street, near the Spanaway Airport.
The victim’s son, Dan Bradford, said his father was leaving a convenience store when he pulled out in front of another driver. The other driver then started tailgating him.
Scott Bradford pulled over about a mile away in order to explain and apologize to the driver. He got out of his car and said something to the effect of “What’s up?”
The attacker responded, “This is what’s up,” and allegedly punched Bradford. He then pulled Bradford to the side of the car and punched him at least four times.
Mike Howard was driving by and saw what happened. He said he pulled over and tried to get the attacker to stop. The attacker allegedly spit in Howard’s face.
Howard said he pulled out a pocket knife in an attempt to slash the attacker’s tires. That’s when, Howard says, the attacker kicked and stomped him.
“He was worse than an animal,” said Howard
The attacker then drove away. A female was also in the car.
Bradford is in the ICU at Tacoma General Hospital. His family said Bradford cannot talk and will need at least three metal plates in his face and will have plastic surgery Thursday.
The family is offering a $900 reward, $500 of which is being donated by Howard.
The attacker is described as black and in his 20's, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with short black hair and a slender build. He was wearing a green and brown fleece coat. He was driving a forest green or gray sedan, possibly a Ford or Chevrolet.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.