Vancouver Island 85-year-old punched in head in road rage attack

Police looking for info after 85-year-old man attacked in road rage incident near Duncan Oct. 9

An 85-year-old man was repeatedly punched in the head and face in a frightening road rage incident near Duncan on Wednesday at noon.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking for anyone who knows anything about the assault to come forward.

Shortly after 12 p.m., an 85-year-old Crofton man was driving along Herd Road toward Duncan when he was tailgated and then passed by a truck whose driver seemed unhappy with how slowly he was driving.

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The truck pulled over in the 2500 block of Herd Road and the red car driven by the victim pulled in behind it. After a short conversation between the man in the truck and the 85-year-old, the truck driver smashed the driver’s side window of the car and then punched the elderly man repeatedly in the face and head. The unknown male then smashed the passenger side window and took off in his truck. The injured driver was taken to Cowichan District Hospital for treatment.

The truck is described as a silver third-generation Dodge Ram extended cab short box, with a white canopy with tinted side glass and a tinted rear glass. It has black or darker aftermarket rims and the rear bumper had an accent along the length of the top.

Police are urging the unknown driver of this truck to come forward, said Sgt. Trevor Busch, Operations Support NCO, who added, “This elderly man did not deserve to be treated this way.”

Anyone who may have been driving with a dash camera or who witnessed this incident might be able to provide useful assistance in catching this road rager.

If you have information contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 and refer to police file number 2019-18034. To provide information anonymously contact Cowichan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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