What to Know
- A Brooklyn man who intervened in a road rage incident himself became the subject of a driver's wrath, authorities say
- The driver rammed down Warren Thompson on a busy Williamsburg street, pinning him against a fence and breaking both his legs
- Driver Anthony Wiggins, who has 14 license suspensions on his record, was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted murder
A Brooklyn man who rushed to help a woman who'd been attacked by another driver in a road rage incident was himself attacked by the aggressive driver, who allegedly hit him with a van, breaking the good Samaritan's legs.
Warren Thompson says he was getting pizza in Williamsburg Tuesday night when he saw a van sideswipe an older woman's car on Driggs and North Fifth. The woman got out of her car, and the van driver also got out, yelling and waving around brass knuckles, he said.
"The lady, she looked like she might have been scared, so that's why I stepped in," said Thompson. "There are four or five cars behind them, but no one else is doing anything."
Thompson ran to get between the driver and the woman, and the driver angrily exchanged words with Thompson, he said. Thompson told the driver to move on and began walking away, thinking that was the end of it.
But as Thompson turned the corner, the driver got back into his van, made a 90-degree turn and rammed Thompson straight into a metal fence, then drove off, Thompson and prosecutors say.
Both of Thompson's legs are broken. The former professional dancer is now recovering at home on crutches.
Authorities say they located the suspected hit-and-run driver, 34-year-old Anthony Wiggins, and arrested him Wednesday morning on a slew of charges, including attempted murder in the second degree, assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and harassment.
Prosecutors say Wiggins had been driving with a suspended license, and that he had 14 license suspensions on his record.
Thompson said he has no regrets about intervening.
"If I'm not dead, you know, another day to live," he said. "It's the right thing."