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Who did this? Road rage victim still in intensive care

Scott Bradford, 46, rains in the intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital after a brutal road rage attack. (Photo: Facebook)
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A man nearly beaten to death in a brutal road rage incident in Spanaway remains in intensive care, although his condition is slowly improving, according to his son.

Scott Bradford, 46, suffered a broken nose, broken cheek bones and a broken jaw, among other injuries.

His son, Daniel Bradford, says his father has undergone multiple surgeries and is getting better.

"They did surgery on his jaw and they wired his mouth shut," Bradford said Monday, one week after the attack. "The swelling has gone down in his eyes and he's looking a lot better, a lot less swollen. He's still in a lot of pain."

Scott Bradford accidentally pulled out in front of another car at 175th and A Streets around 4 p.m. on February 11. When he pulled over to apologize, the driver of the other vehicle punched and kicked him repeatedly, according to police.

The suspect also beat a disabled Vietnam War veteran who saw the attack and stopped to help. Bradford's family credits the Good Samaritan, Mike Howard, with saving his life.

In an interview with KIRO Radio's Ron and Don Show, Howard compared the man to an animal.

"He's just an extremely violent person who apparently figures he's above the law," he said. "I don't care if you're black, white, yellow, polka dot or indifferent. Think about how you would feel if somebody smashed your mother's face in. I want this guy off the street."

Howard contributed $500 to an award fund for information leading to the suspect's capture.

Daniel Bradford provided new clues in the case Monday after his father penned some notes on a piece of paper at the hospital.

The suspect, a black male in his 20's was wearing thick, dark-rimmed glasses, Bradford said. He may have been driving a gray-colored sedan and had a white female passenger with him during the attack.

Those with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

About the Author

Brandi Kruse is a reporter for KIRO Radio who is as spontaneous and adventurous in her free time as she is on the job. Brandi arrived at KIRO Radio in March 2011 and has already collected three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting.


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