A woman issued a desperate plea after being punched in the face in a terrifying road rage incident that forced her to undergo facial surgery.
Tori Lee, 31, was driving through Campbelltown, south-west Sydney, between 5:45 and 5:55 p.m. last Saturday when she stopped at the intersection of Blaxland Road and Campbelltown Road.
The woman told police that when she honked at a black Mitsubishi sedan in front of her, the driver got out of his car and hit her in the face.
The man then attempted to remove her from the vehicle before she could drive away, seeking medical assistance at Campbelltown Hospital.
Ms Lee has since been transferred to Liverpool Hospital where she underwent surgery for multiple facial fractures.
In a video posted online, Ms Lee recalled how the man in the Mitsubishi had been driving behind her after she honked at him at an earlier intersection when he failed to take off at a green light.
Ms. Lee said she had raised her hand to apologize to the driver, but he did not react well and tried to “cause an accident, trying to run me off the road.”
She said the man got out of his car and was “yelling things” at her as she sat terrified in his vehicle.
Ms Lee said she rolled down her window to speak to the angry man and turned to lower the volume of her music before he allegedly punched her in the face.
“I started bleeding profusely from my nose,” he said.
Tori Lee, 31, was left with facial injuries after she was punched in the face by a driver during a road rage incident in south-west Sydney last Saturday.
Ms Lee said she had “blacked out for a second” before looking around to see if she had been hit in the face with an object, but said she realized she had in fact been hit by the object. Mitsubishi owner.
She said she looked at the man and he was smiling like he was “very proud of himself.”
Ms. Lee said she then closed the car door and tried to back into the other lane, nearly hitting the person behind her.
“I called whoever I could as fast as I could and they took me to the Campbelltown hospital,” he said.
“He was very big, over 6 feet and over 100 kg. She’s five foot four, around 92kg and I’m also a female.
CT scans revealed that Ms. Lee had multiple fractures to her face that required surgery.
Ms. Lee said that she had tried not to look in the mirror because it made her so angry.
She said in posting about the ordeal on social media that she hoped the public could help her get information about the incident.
She said she didn’t get the man’s details because her first priority was getting to the hospital.
Ms Lee said she was unable to work and her sister had started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with medical costs.
Ms. Lee warned others not to react if they were caught in the middle of a road rage episode.
‘Just ignore it,’ he said.
Ms. Lee underwent surgery for multiple facial fractures after the incident.
The incident took place at the intersection of Blaxland Road and Campbelltown Road in Campbelltown, southwest of Sydney.
Officers attached to the City of Campbelltown Police Area Command have begun an investigation into the incident and have released a description of a man who could help investigators.
The man is described as Pacific Islander/Maori, about 182cm tall, with a large build, with hair in a bun and a tattoo on his left arm.
At that time, he was wearing a white shirt and shorts.
Police believe that there would be motorists who witnessed the incident, or that they would have a dash cam relevant to the investigation.
Detective Inspector Andrew Mackay told a news conference that “there was certainly no violence from (Lee) at all.”
“It’s very shocking, it’s disgusting behaviour… we take all incidents of violence very seriously,” he said.
‘Someone must have seen what happened, it was just before 6pm on a Saturday, it’s a busy intersection with lots of cars around it, I need the public’s help.