Woman injured in apparent road rage incident

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis police say man, whose young kids were in the car, took out his rage on another driver.

Freddie Smith has been charged with aggravated assault and four counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon (vehicle).

Amy Burress said she was on White Station near Walnut Grove when the nightmare began.

She said Smith cut her off, they exchanged words, and then he got out a club and started beating her car.

"His body was half out my window and he was with all of his might hitting my window," said Burress.

Burress said after she pulled in front of Smith, he rammed her Suzuki twice, causing her car to spin all the way around.

"It was in slow motion. I was just spinning thinking, what was happening, and then when I saw him coming at me, I was thinking, this is it," said Burress.

Despite what happened to her, Burress was able to follow Smith and gave a 911 operator his location.

She said after police stopped him, she was stunned to see him get out of his SUV with his wife, baby and two small children.

"The force he hit me...I'm sure those kids were knocked about," said Burress.

Burress has a bruised arm and stiff neck.

She can't believe something so small led to something so serious, and says if you're that angry, you shouldn't be on the road.

"I'm more shaken up now because it has just set in and it could have been so much worse," she said.

Smith has been arrested for reckless driving before.

He is being held on $50,000 bond.


  • King Willie

    People get brave behind the wheel of a car. They mess with people when they are wimps in real life. Treat people like you would face to face. You never know when you are going to run into this guy.

    If you mess with the wrong person on the wrong day…

  • Jerry

    I bet Ms. Burress thinks twice next time she runs her mouth. Best thing is to ignore these crazy fools, it isn’t worth it. Glad she is ok.

    • King Willie

      I don’t think she will learn. These road rage incidents are never one sided and all these white knights are running to her defense. She escalated it maybe even started it. Leave people alone on the road – you never know what someone is going through our how crazy they are. Don’t be passive aggressive.

  • IwishUwould

    50,000 bond and a assault charge… really. There that good ole boy uneven law in TN good. Sounds like attempted murder to me. But we know why he got the lesser charge and low bond don’t we.

  • Gonebabygone

    This man’s wife and children are fortunate he didn’t begin attacking someone with a permit and firearm with his club. It is strange that he did not consider that possibility or the possibility that his entire family might see his death as result of assaulting another person. I’m also curious about the details of a previous reckless driving charge he had, according to news reports.

    We may all need to think twice about our reactions to road rage, but the road ragers themselves may do well to consider the person they snap on might only answer an armed assault with an armed defense.

  • hkwesson

    I have said this many times stay one car length behind the car in front of you so if some fool cuts in front of you these should be no problem people cut in front of me and pull out on front I just keep driving safe and never speed up if some I idiot decides to ride your bumper they will change lanes and pass remember do not increase your speed and they will slow down as long as you drive the speed limit there should be no problems drive safe always set your own driving standard and be safe out there

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