Woman Beaten Into Coma for Saving Parking Spot

Manhattan can get kinda rough during rush hour
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2011 4:09 PM CST
In this Nov. 2, 2009 photo, Beekman tower, center left, is under construction in this aerial photo in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – A Bronx woman is in a coma after a man brutally beat her—over a parking spot. Lana Rosas, 25, was holding a parking spot for her boyfriend in Manhattan's East Village, when Oscar Fuller, 35, pulled up, looking to take the spot, police sources tell the New York Post. When Rosas explained that she was holding it, he "punched her in the face with so much force that the woman flew off her feet," court documents say. He then fled, but police tracked him down after getting his license plate number.

Fuller's lawyer insists that Rosas threw the first punch. "She hit him in the face," he said. "My client has the injuries to prove it." But a police source says Fuller, who has an extensive arrest record, admitted to punching a woman at the scene. They said Rosas suffered permanent brain damage, and may not survive. "So she was the aggressor? Really? She's 4-foot-11," said Rosas' incredulous mom. "He hit her hard enough to shake her brain and make it blow up."

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