(WHAS11) – A road rage dispute between strangers ends with one man fighting to stay alive.
Police say a young man in Jeffersonville is behind the crime and on Friday he answered to a judge.
He walked into Friday’s court hearing confident and calm - despite the charges against him.
He didn't have anything to say to us.
20-year-old Michael Shelby is charged with battery in what police call a random road rage assault.
Jeffersonville Police say Shelby and a 16-year-old got into a road rage fight with a man on Monday.
It all happened in a parking lot on Sharon Drive at the turning point.
Matthew Cullum and his wife were having car trouble and were driving slow.
Police say that upset Shelby who was driving behind them and he followed them in the parking lot.
Shelby and Cullum got into a verbal fight that turned violent quickly.
Shelby admits he punched Cullum but says he thought Cullum had a knife.
Police say after Cullum was on the ground Shelby and the 16-year-old continued to beat him.
But Shelby's family says he never kicked Cullum.
Friday’s court proceedings were closed but Shelby's family listened at the door.
They have this message for the victim's family.
“To the victim’s family I’m sorry that happened, Don’t get mad at my brother all the way,” Shelby’s family said.
Matthew Cullum is currently at University Hospital in critical condition. He has a traumatic brain bleed, a broken nose, and several broken teeth and is in a coma.
Jeffersonville Police say the 16-year-old is also facing charges.