Man pleads guilty in Colorado Springs road rage stabbing case

Published: Jun. 10, 2018 at 11:36 AM MDT
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A man took a plea deal tied to a road rage incident in Colorado Springs where the victim was stabbed multiple times.

On Thursday, Pascual Roberto Lopez pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and felony menacing for the stabbing that happened June 10, 2018 in the 300 block of N. Gahart Drive.

Officers were called to the neighborhood near S. Academy Boulevard and Airport Road just before 1:45 that morning. There, they found a man with several stab wounds in serious condition. He was rushed to the hospital.

The man's adult sons were driving back from Fountain when they said they passed a driver on the road who didn't want to be passed.

"As soon as [the other driver] tried to run me off the road the first time, he kept trying all the way up Academy," said Tristan, the victim's son who was driving.

Tristan called his stepdad, Gordon Salazar, while they were driving back.

"He was saying some guy is following him, trying to run him off the road and kept hitting his brakes, pulling in front of him," said Salazar.

"I stopped right in the driveway ... [the other driver] came up and hit the back of my car at about 30 miles per hour," said Tristan about the moments he pulled up to their home.

That's when Salazar walked to the road to confront the other driver.

"He was just crazy, he just jumped out. I didn't see, I didn't know I was cut. Then he ran after my sons," said Salazar about the moments he was stabbed by the road rage driver.

Tristan ran inside their home and grabbed a bat.

"[The road rage driver] came at me, I swung my bat and he dropped the knife and then got back in his car and left," he said.

When the family started walking back in their home, that's when they realized how serious Salazar's injuries were.

"I look down and I see blood on my tank top, I said, 'Oh no,' and I lifted it up and sure enough I was exposed in three areas," said Salazar, "The artery was hit [under the arm] really close to my lung. Another quarter inch, he would have punctured my lung."

The men said their family learned the hard way what police are recommending for all drivers to do if they get caught in a road rage situation.

"Call the police. Drive to a nearby police station. Drive to a safe location but it is never a good idea to engage another person in an argument ... because you just don't know who you're dealing with," said Sgt. John Koch with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The sentencing for Lopez is scheduled for Dec. 23. He faces 15 to 19 years in prison.