CHP looks for raging driver who used tire iron to beat woman

CHP officers are looking for a man they say attacked another driver with a tire iron during a bout of road rage in Long Beach.

The attack was apparently sparked after a crash around 8 p.m. on May 10, CHP officer Jeremy Tolen said. His Nissan and a white Chevrolet Silverado collided on the southbound 605 Freeway near South Street, according to Tolen.

He said both drivers pulled off the freeway onto Willow Street where the suspect got out of what is believed to be his Nissan and attacked the other driver who was already outside her truck.

“The suspect proceeded to strike her in the arms, chest and face with a tire iron and his fists,” Tolen wrote in a news release.

The CHP released this sketch of a man wanted for beating a woman with a tire iron. Courtesy photo.

The CHP released this sketch of a man wanted for beating a woman with a tire iron. Courtesy photo.

The beating left the woman severely hurt, but she’s starting to recover, according to Tolen.

After the attack, the man got back in the Nissan and drove west on Willow, the CHP said.

Authorities released a sketch of the man on Monday. They said he was about 40 years old, black, with a full beard, black hair and brown eyes. During the attack, he was wearing a dark blue beanie with a white stripe, a blue shirt, black basketball shorts and white tennis shoes.

The CHP isn’t sure what kind of car the man was driving. They think it was a four-door, white Nissan sedan with a Lyft light on the passenger’s side of the windshield.

Witnesses and the victim said the license plate started with an 8 and ended with 413, 423, 415 or 425.

The CHP asked anyone with information to contact Officer Joel Holly at 562-868-0503, ext 232 or [email protected]

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.