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Man fighting for his life following suspected road rage attack

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Police investigating a suspected road rage attack that has left a young Birmingham father fighting for his life have issued an appeal for information.

The assault took place on Gressel Lane, Kitts Green at around 6.30pm yesterday (5 August) after police were called to a report of a disorder.

It is believed that a minor collision between a van and car had taken place, that  both drivers had stopped and had got out of their vehicles on the busy main road following the collision.

The van driver is alleged to have punched the 37-year-old driver in what has been described as unprovoked attack. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains unconscious and in a critical condition.

The driver of the van left the scene before police arrived.

Detective Constable Katie Lees, from Birmingham’s Violent Crime Team, said: “This was a vicious attack on a family man who was on his way home to his partner and four-year-old child.

“The road is a really busy road and we are sure that there were lots of people who would have seen what happened and we are appealing for them to come forward.

“The victim phoned home as he left work – like he does every night –  to say that he was on his way.

“His partner became worried when he didn’t arrive home and it must have been devastating for them to discover the news that he had been injured in such a random and vicious attack.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to appeal to the van driver to search his conscience and to do the right thing and to come forward. We have several lines of enquiry and it is only a matter of time before we come knocking at your door.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

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