Van attack victim talks to Action News

February 16, 2008 3:56:23 PM PST
The woman who was hit by a minivan allegedly driven by her estranged husband talks only to Action News. She was knocked into a street ... where the van hit her again. It's a rare event when such a victim is able to tell her story.

Esther Bangura says it's a miracle she's alive. "The first thing I'm thinking about is my son. 'Oh my God I'm not going to see my son. I'm going to lose my life,'" she said.

She walked out of Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon when she says her estranged husband Anthony Newsome demanded she get inside a van he was driving.

"I said I'm not getting in the car. And the next thing I know he's hitting me in the head ? right in the parking lot of Wal-Mart," says Bangura.

She ran across the parking lot towards a bus stop. Police say Newsome floored it, jumped a grass median and slammed into the 22-year-old mother of two.

Esther says, "I flip over the fan and fall, then he back up and run me over again."

Bangura says Newsome first approached her inside the store. He allegedly told her he didn't want her to testify in an aggravated assault case.

On the morning of December 20th Bangura says Newsome threatened to kill her, their 10-month-old son whom she was holding, and her entire family. Bangura describes the incident by saying, "He put the gun in my face ... I said, 'Tony I'm hold the baby.' But he told me he don't care and then he put the gun to the baby's head."

After 3 days in the hospital, the bruising from being run over has mostly healed. Doctors told her they can't believe she wasn't injured more seriously.