Woman Beaten for Saving Parking Spot in East Village

She remains in a coma after the disupte a week ago

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    A 25-year-old woman who was saving a parking spot for her boyfriend in the East Village was beaten into a coma by a furious driver who wanted the space.

    Lana Rosas was trying to hold the spot between two other parked cars on East 14th Street last Friday when Oscar Fuller pulled up in a minivan, according to the New York Post.

    After she explained he was saving the spot, Fuller jumped out, started screaming at her, and then punched her in the face "with so much force that the woman flew off her feet," the Post said, citing court papers.

    "She was on a date with the man she loves, and this horrific thing happen to her," the victim's mother told the newspaper.

    The paper said Rosas is clinging to life at Bellevue Hospital, and it is not clear whether she will survive.

    Fuller is said to have fled the scene, but police tracked him down at his home in Jamaica, Queens Tuesday night.

    He was charged with felony assault and is in custody.

    "I would never intend to physically hurt a woman," he told the Post in a statement through his lawyer Thomas Kenniff. "If there is anything I could do to strengthen her recovery, I would do it."

    Kenniff told the Post that Rosas, described by friends and family as 100 pounds and 4 feet 11 inches tall, started the fight.

    "She hit him in the face," Kenniff said. "My client has the injuries to prove it."