Road Rage Victim Talks About Terrifying Incident On Highway 75

Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 6:05 pm
By: News On 6

A Green Country woman is lucky she survived a roll over crash, after a man repeatedly slammed into her van on highway 75 Friday evening.

Christina was driving south, between 81st and 91st Streets, on her way to a friend's house when it happened.

Police say the man who did it was high on formaldehyde.

Christina said she wasn't on the phone, wasn't speeding, was just minding her own business, when she was suddenly hit from behind.

She said she was terrified, fighting for control of her van. She had no idea why it was happening.

To look at the pictures of Christina's van, it's hard to believe she's even alive.

12/1/2012 Related Story: Witnesses: Man High On 'Formaldehyde' Rams Car On U.S. 75, Leaves Scene

Christina was planning to go to a friend's house to pick something up and then go right back home. She said, one minute, no one was behind her, the next, someone was ramming her.

She said she couldn't imagine what was going on, so she pulled into the passing lane to escape and he followed her and hit her van a couple more times. She got around a car and pulled back into the right lane, but he continued chasing her.

"He hit me pretty good, straight on the back, and then he hit me in the corner, which sent me off the edge of the bank. From the looks of it, I got to the bottom and started flipping," Christina said.

Her van flipped over at least four times.

Witnesses told police the car responsible was a white Dodge Magnum. When officers arrived, they saw four men walking on the side of the road.

They say the men told them Elrico Ackerson had been driving the Magnum, was high on formaldehyde and was driving crazy, ramming a car. They said he pulled over, let them out and took off.

Ackerson is in jail now, but Christina is devastated.

"It was one of those things, I live paycheck to paycheck—now, I don't have a car," Christina said." Now, I don't know when I can go back to work, so I don't know…"

Christina said she cleans houses and was supposed to start a new job with a cleaning company on Monday, but now she can't, and with no paycheck, she's afraid she'll lose her home.

And she said she did nothing wrong.

"I wondered if God had a reason why he did that to me," Christina said.

Christina said she is grateful she survived and that her children weren't with her, because she believes they would've died. She said she hopes Ackerson, who is an ex-con, is punished.

"I think he should go to prison for awhile, because he tried to kill me, he purposefully tried to kill me," she said.

Ackerson was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an injury crash, driving with a revoked license and no proof of insurance.

Christina had only liability coverage on her van and, on top of everything else, now has hospital bills. And all of this, just a few weeks before Christmas.