Suburban woman says man punched her during road rage incident

AURORA, Ill. -- Police in Aurora are investigating a road rage incident that left a woman with a broken nose.

According to the victim Theresa Rios, it started with a low-speed accident on Saturday. She says she ran into sedan carrying two men.

It was just after midnight near the intersection of Randall and Sullivan in Aurora.

48-year-old Rios describes the damage to both the sedan and her Ford F-150 as minor.

“I thought it was what people normally do,” she said. “You know, you get out, you look at your car. I looked at my car but as they got out, they were just screaming and yelling and cursing. I rolled my window down and all I could say was ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’”

But the driver wasn’t having it. Rios says the man punched her in the face.

Her nose is fractured in a dozen places and her cheekbones and left eye socket are in bad shape.

“I remember falling to the side and coming back up and looking at my hand and it was covered in blood,” she said.

Rios describes the man who threw the punch as Hispanic and in his 20s with a buzz cut.

Rios, who regularly travels home at night, says she’s learned a big lesson.

“If you get into an accident late at night, don’t get out of your car. Don’t roll your window down and call the police right away.”

Rios is having surgery tomorrow.

Anyone with information is asked to call police. And if you call Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and quality for a $5,000 reward.