• Auburn mom attacked in road rage case while driving daughter to school

    By: Deedee Sun

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    AUBURN, Wash. - Tabatha Erickson is dealing with a black-eye, some scrapes and scratches, and a hurt knee.

    “It was traumatizing,” Erickson said. 

    She was on her way to drop off her daughter, 9-year-old  Tessa, for the first day of school -- but they never made it. 

    “It was obviously some road rage,” Erickson  said.

    It led to a fight and some of it is caught on video.

    You see Erickson on the ground as a young man repeatedly punches her in the face. 

    “I'm just like wow, what in the world did I do?” Erickson said.

    Auburn police say a woman you see in the video pressing Erickson’s head down is the young man's mom.

    Erickson said it all started on a road near Auburn High School.

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    “The light had just turned green! I'm going, and she was honking. And I'm like, OK impatient, are we? And I just went on my merry way,” she said. 

    A few blocks later at Auburn Way S. and Main Street, she says the truck that was honking pulled up next to her. 

    “My passenger window was down, and she came through my window and punched me in the face. So my reaction was to get out and see what the problem was,” Erickson said.

    “Next thing I knew they were both punching me and kicking me,” she said.

    Tessa was there the whole time. 

    “I was so scared, because seeing your mom get hurt,” Tessa said. “Just for a light? Why would you be on my mom just for a light?” 

    “She just kept screaming, ‘Mommy, stop hurting my mommy,’” Erickson said. 
    “She was all I could think about. When you hear your child screaming like that, it just -- it's hard. No little kid should have to witness that.”

    Auburn Police say according to the 17-year-old throwing punches, he was out there to defend his mom.  “So in his opinion he went to her aid and he did throw more than one punch at the woman,” said Commander Steve Stocker, with the Auburn police department. 

    But Erickson says if other people didn't step in and pull the woman and teen off of her, things could have turned out much worse.

    “They wouldn't have stopped,” Erickson said. “Thank God someone helped.”

    Auburn police say investigators are still talking with witnesses and going over video evidence, and it will be up to the prosecutor's office to decide on any charges.

    Stocker said any charges would likely be misdemeanor assault, based on the extent of Erickson’s injuries.

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