THORNTON, Colo. -- A Thornton man is recovering from broken bones after he was run over by another man on Monday.
It happened in the victim’s driveway after the road raged driver followed him home. He’s now speaking out about the terrifying moments leading up to the attack.
“I don't know what causes a person to do this at all,” Derrick Gremillion said.
Gremillion was sitting in the passenger seat while his girlfriend was driving them home from dinner. Everything was fine until they turned left onto 112th Street in Thornton when two lanes merge into one.
“He pretty much just forced us off the road, so she had no choice just to slam on her brakes and of course most people's natural reaction is to honk,” Gremillion said.
A man driving a new model, dark blue Toyota 4Runner with disabled veteran license plates continued to drive erratically in front of the couple. The car eventually disappeared, only to turn up about a mile later behind them on the street they live on.
“I walked over in the middle of the cul-de-sac and I did one of these things with my arms, like 'Hey what's the problem?'” Gremillion said.
The driver then did the unthinkable.
“The moment I took a step forward he gassed it and turned straight into me, knocking me down to the ground, rolled over my right leg and snapped my tibia in two spots," Gremillion said.
The driver sped off, while Gremillion’s girlfriend called 911.
He has since been in and out of surgery and is on crutches for at least six months. A metal rod and screws are permanently in his right leg.
“Tire marks that went all the way from the bottom of my shoe all the way up my pants and part way up my shirt as well,” Gremillion said.
The couple is still in shock, worried this raged driver could do it again and hurt someone else.
“Somebody has to know him, somebody has to turn him in because he's liable to kill somebody next time," Gremillion said.
Gremillion has a vague description of the driver of the 4Runner, saying he was a middle-aged, bald black man wearing Oakley sunglasses.AlertMe