Ontarian ‘lucky to be alive’ after road rage incident

An Ontario man says he is lucky to be alive after a driver followed him home and ran him over in an alleged road rage incident last week.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on August 26 in Etobicoke.

Justin Smith told CTV News Toronto that he drove to Westway Plaza near Kipling and Dixon Roads to pick up food for his family and go to a local pharmacy when he noticed a parked car on a fire road. He said he approached the driver to tell him he shouldn’t be there.

“I guess he didn’t take it kindly, although at the time he didn’t say anything to me,” the 39-year-old said from his hospital bed.

It’s about a two-minute drive from the square to Smith’s house, and halfway there, as he sat at a red light, he noticed the same car pull up next to him. The driver started yelling at him.

Smith said the driver continues to follow him around the compound where he lives. After a short time and realizing the driver wasn’t going to leave, Smith got out of the car to confront him outside his apartment building.

“Within seconds, I heard the engine revving. And that was the moment that pretty much changed everything for me for the rest of my life.

According to Smith, the driver accelerated and hit him with the vehicle before leaving the scene.

“I just remember being on top of the car. I remember hearing the windshield glass shatter and crack. It felt like an eternity but also so fast.

“Really, I’m lucky not to be dead.”

Smith said he broke his shin bone, which requires reconstructive surgery, and had numerous bruises all over his body.

“The only part of my body that wasn’t affected, injured or scratched was my face and my head. I have no idea how it happened, but I’m absolutely lucky to be alive.

Police say they were initially called to the scene for a “failure to stay with injuries”, but the matter is now being investigated as an assault with a weapon.

Officials say the video revealed two suspects, a man and a woman, who were inside the car at the time of the incident.

The vehicle is described as a silver four-door Honda Civic. The investigation is ongoing.

Justin Smith is seen with his children as he recovers from a road rage incident.

Meanwhile, Smith, who is the father of 10-year-old twins, said he was concerned about the “uncertain times ahead” as he learns to live with these life-altering injuries. He says he may not be able to walk properly.

“I may not be able to resume my normal life. Do what I love to do, you know, support my family…play with my kids,” he said. “That’s a scary thought.”

A family member has set up a GoFundMe page to help support the family during what Smith is sure will be a long road to recovery. The campaign has already raised more than $20,000, which Smith says “restores his faith in humanity.”

With files from Beth Macdonell of CTV News Toronto


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