Kung Fu Student Beaten in Road Rage Attack: Cops - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Kung Fu Student Beaten in Road Rage Attack: Cops

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    A Delaware County man says he was brutally beaten during a road rage incident following a martial arts class Saturday. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011)

    A Delco man is behind bars after allegedly beating a Kung Fu student to the point of unconsciousness on Saturday.

    Eric Bailey, 36, of Windermere Avenue in Lansdowne was arrested around 245 p.m. Saturday for the incident.

    The victim, 37-year-old Anthony Alleva, called the whole thing a case of road rage. He told NBC Philadelphia that he was walking his bike home from Kung Fu class when he and Bailey, who was driving at the time, had words.

    Alleva says that Bailey got out of his car, began attacking him and then drove away.

    "I was attacked from behind," Alleva told NBC Philadelphia. "I said, 'listen, pedestrians have the right of way and I'm in a crosswalk at an intersection."

    A witness to the alleged beating got the car's license plate number and called police.

    “He stated the subject on the bicycle had clearly lost the fight, but the driver continued to deliver punches and kicks [to his head],” according to a police statement in an affidavit obtained by the Delco Times.

    Police say that the Alleva was fairly alert when they arrived, however, he lost consciousness on his way to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was treated for head injuries, including memory loss and a black eye.

    "I'm in terrible pain... fractured the orbital socket -- it really sucks," Alleva said.

    Alleva was released from the hospital Monday. His injuries could require surgery, he said.

    The victim tells NBC Philadelphia that in Kung Fu, students are taught to walk away from confrontations.

    Bailey, pictured on the left, contacted Yeadon Police, saying that Alleva called him a racial slur, prompting him to react.

    He faces assault charges and was behind bars Tuesday in lieu of posting 10 percent of his $50,000 in bail.