Man tending traffic circle beaten by angry motorist
Last updated July 10, 2008 7:51 a.m. PT
By HECTOR CASTRO
A Rainier Beach man watering plants in a traffic circle was confronted by motorists angry that he was impeding traffic, and badly beaten.
The assault on the 60-year-old man happened around 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of 61st Avenue South and South Cooper Street, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.
The man had set up some orange cones in the intersection to divert traffic while he watered the plants, Kappel said.
The cones slowed traffic and caused a backup. A group of young women in one car confronted the man and demanded he remove the cones.
When he refused, the women got out of their car and began moving the cones themselves. The man responded by spraying one woman with his garden hose.
At that point, a young man in a gray or blue Ford Contour stepped out of his vehicle, walked up to the man and punched him. The blow sent the man to the ground where he struck his head on the concrete and was rendered unconscious.
The assailant then got in his car and sped off.
Meanwhile, Seattle firefighters were called and ended up transporting the man to Harborview Medical Center with what Kappel said were life-threatening injuries.
The women remained at the scene, talking with police, but the man who struck the victim remains at large, Kappel said.
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