Deaf Road Raging Truck Driver Says He Was Defending Himself
The truck driver involved in the out of control road rage fight in Western Sydney claims he was simply acting in self defence.
Truck driver Khader Elali says he was protecting himself when a man driving a black ute confronted him at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Homer Streets in Earlwood.
Mr Elali, who is partially deaf says he was just trying to stop the other driver hitting him.
“He kept saying ‘what are you going to do?’ and he wouldn’t leave me alone,” says Elali.
“And then he punched me. I was acting in self defence.”
Mr Elali states he was driving down Bayview Ave when the ute overtook him and the driver stuck his middle finger up at him.
"I kept driving until the set of lights on the cnr of Homer and Bayview. Lights went green and the black ute stayed stationary with his hand outside the window waving in an angry manner, then I beeped my horn for him to proceed."
"So he jumped out and came towards me. I then jumped out. Then he punched me in the face and then I defended myself to stop him from hitting me."
Elali says he then went to Liverpool Hospital with bleeding from his ear, after his hearing implant had been knocked out.
He also received a black swollen eye and cut elbows.
Hans Marday, Fleet Manager of Hunter Express where Mr Elai is an employee said:
“Under no circumstances does this Company condone violence. And yet the driver involved is a long standing and much respected team member. He is one of our best, most diligent, most hard working and productive drivers in our national fleet.”
“He regularly receives accolades from internal awards within our business due to his “can do” attitude, he also receives regular praise from clients due to his great positive attitude, willingness to help and enthusiasm for consistently doing more than is asked of him. He is a valued member of our team.”
"It is for these reasons that his behaviour, which although unacceptable, is out of character. We do believe it is likely there was some provocation by the other person involved.”
NSW Police are currently investigating the matter.