Man Punched Into A Coma For Complimenting Another Man's Wheels Will Fully Recover

Illustration for article titled Man Punched Into A Coma For Complimenting Another Man's Wheels Will Fully Recover

The young man who suffered a weeks-long coma after he was punched in the head outside a bar has returned home. Doctors' hopes for 22-year-old James Foster were initially pretty dim, so they were surprised by his "miraculous" recovery.

Advertisement

Foster, a Puyallup, Wash. resident, has just completed weeks of rehabilitation therapy at the University of Washington Medical Center. He landed in the hospital in April, after he had been admiring the rims on Daman Lehman's car. When he paid compliment to the wheels, Lehman allegedly punched him in the head several times, causing Foster to fall and hit his head on the concrete and slip into a coma.

Illustration for article titled Man Punched Into A Coma For Complimenting Another Man's Wheels Will Fully Recover

Witnesses said that as he left the scene of the assault, Lehman said, "I put people to sleep. That's what I do."

But Foster is asleep no longer, and against all odds, seems to be on the path to a full recovery.

His family had originally decided not to tell him about how he had sustained such massive head injuries, but Foster found out on his own, by looking on Facebook and Googling his own name.

Advertisement

"What I read, what happened — I was, like, 'No,'" he told KIRO-TV.

According to the Pierce County Superior Court's website, Lehman is scheduled to stand trial for first degree assault on Sept. 17, continued from his initial June 26 trial date.

Advertisement

Some discussion about Lehman popped up on reddit, mostly to portray him as a 'roided out scumbag. But several commenters warned against torch-bearing mob mentality, suggesting that people defer to the judgment of the court system.

Photo credit: kirotv.com

DISCUSSION

JJS119
JJS119

Some roided out dude like this Lehman scumbag hopped out of his Grand Cherokee one night, Im assuming, to put me to sleep as well because I was "riding his ass." I just got into the guys lane when this occurred. I am the average white guy, like Foster. I have a similar build as he does so I am not a threat to anyone walking down the street. And at that time I was 19, was driving a stock 2002 Jetta, and would wear pink Lacoste shirts. Once again, not a threat. So, I thought over the options that I had. I can get out of the car and take a few shots in the face and be upset that I have to walk around with a black eye. I can get out of the car and get knocked the fuck out. I could hit the guy with a golf club I had in my trunk. I could run him over. Or I could blow a red light and leave. So I decided to blow the red light and leave. Pussy move, I thought so at first. But then realized if I would have gotten out I just would have got my ass kicked, or maybe something like this could have happened.

Running him over was my first thought, but I didn't want to screw up my Jetta. And the Jetta would have probably taken more damage then the dude. A few couple of years later I saw this on TV and thought back to the roid guy in the Grand Cherokee. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-05-15/news/17923328_1_porsche-john-messina-road-rage

I am very happy to hear that this kid made a full recovery. When I read a story like this, I always wonder what winds up happening to the people involved, but wind up forgetting names and shit and can never follow up. Or I might be a shitty Googler, because I can't find out what happened to the Porsche kid in the link I posted.