Timothy Tyler struggles to describe what was going through his mind when he was deliberately run down by a complete stranger in an SUV and sent flying through the air like a rag doll.
“It’s just way too much to explain,” he said on Tuesday, just days after the road rage hit-and-run in Saint John that was captured on video and is being widely circulated on social media.
“I just, I don’t know, I couldn’t believe that I got hit by a car,” he said. “I have to go see a shrink now because of it … because of the terror in my mind.”
Tyler, 23, suffered a dislocated shoulder, but realizes it could have been much worse — and just as he’s been getting his life back on track, staying off drugs and out of trouble with the law, holding down a steady job, with a baby on the way.
He says he keeps reliving the moment of impact with the black Audi SUV in nightmares. “The same thing over and over.”
A 69-year-old man is now behind bars, awaiting sentencing for assaulting Tyler with his SUV on Feb. 23, dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Altercation over getting baby in car seat
Tyler says it all started over a parking spot at a doctor’s office in Grand Bay-Westfield.
He says he was with his best friend, who took his three-month-old son to the doctor that morning. When they were leaving, they temporarily parked perpendicularly behind the SUV while his friend’s girlfriend was getting the baby secured into a car seat.
When the SUV owner saw he was blocked in, he “started freaking out and making a big deal about it,” said Tyler. “He was just being ignorant and freaking and swearing in front of the” baby and Tyler’s friend’s other 18-month-old son.
‘He threatened me and said I’m going to be in the ground and then all of a sudden, he hit me with his car.’
– Timothy Tyler
The man said something “right rude” to the girlfriend, “like calling her a name or something and my best friend, he told him to shut up for a…