Uber Driver Says Soldier’s Punch Led To Brain Injuries
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville Uber driver claims he suffered brain damage after being attacked by a Fort Bragg soldier in February.
Police at the moment are investigating the case and on the lookout for different troopers who might have performed a task.
Vernon Williams, 56, has been within the hospital for 17 days.
Williams stated he responded to a requested pickup on Feb. 5, however couldn’t match the massive group into his car, Williams wrote in a felony grievance.
The group turned verbally abusive, in accordance to the grievance.
When he canceled the journey, Williams stated he was assaulted.
Williams claims he was punched and referred to as a racial slur.
“He opened the door and said, ‘(expletive), you taking us,’ and I hopped out the car because he swung the door open,” Williams stated.
Williams stated he was punched within the head and his knee was injured.
“He was kicked. He was punched. He was bitten. He can’t identify the number of people that were attacking him,” stated Williams’ lawyer, Allen Rogers.
Initially Williams’ face swelled up, however days later, his spouse stated, he complained of extreme complications and commenced dropping his stability from time to time.
After a CAT scan and MRI, they quickly discovered Williams had three blood clots on his brain.
“So the doctors said that’s exactly what would have caused this, he said, because he had a blow to the right side of his head, we saw that his brain was shifted to the left side and that’s what would have caused the clots,” Fran Williams stated.
Wallace underwent emergency brain surgical procedure to deal with the clots.
He’s now recovering at Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center.
Joseph Christopher Sime, 23, is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
Sime is a truck driver for the 82nd Airborne.
In a press release, 82nd Airborne officers stated: “It is our understanding that civilian law enforcement is currently looking into this allegation. The 82nd Airborne Division will, of course, cooperate where appropriate.”