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Road rage victim recalls terrifying ordeal

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 24 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2013 07:45:55 AM CDT

Investigators say she was shot at for beeping her horn at another driver on the highway.

Investigators say she was shot at for beeping her horn at another driver on the highway.

The victim in this road rage attack sat down with 69 News to talk about the harrowing ordeal. We are hiding the woman's identity for her safety.

"I was so close to death or being severely injured it's terrifying, literally terrifying."

Life has not been the same since March 13. She was driving down Interstate 78 behind a slow moving SUV and next to a tractor trailer.

"I am feeling boxed in," she explained.

The driver in front of her is going about 35 miles per hour. So she honks her horn and flashes her lights.

"He didn't move or do anything," she said. "And then more cars start piling up behind, I hear another car back a few cars back honk the horn."

'He' is 66-year-old New Jersey resident Lee Kish. After beeping her horn and flicking her lights two more times, she says Kish finally steps on it.

"At that point he took off from 35 to like 90 miles per hour, like a rocket," she describes.

A few miles down the road she encountered Kish again. She says he was driving slowly in the right lane and his window was all the way down. She thought he was going to yell, but what happened was much worse.

"I knew something really bad happened because the sound was so loud, my vehicle was damaged."

Her car had been shot. Police used trajectory rods to determine the path of the bullet and say it was fired from Kish's driver seat, and went completely through his side mirror.

The .45 caliber bullet left a hole about an inch long in the side of her door, and stopped halfway through the rear passenger door. But the victim says it could have been a lot worse.

"I could have been hurt or killed, but we were on a highway so I could have crashed and you don't know the number of other people that would have been injured or killed."

Kish is now out on bail, while she says she lives in fear. All she wants is to feel secure and have justice served.

"I think road rage is a problem today," she shared. "I really hope they make a strong statement with how this whole thing plays out, that this is not acceptable, you can't just pull out a gun and shoot somebody for beeping the horn at you."

Kish is expected in Northampton County Court on June 20.