WARR ACRES — An Oklahoma City man's throat was slashed by an angry motorcyclist during an apparent road rage attack in a store parking lot.
Zack Pierson lived after the Friday morning confrontation, and he is recovering from his injuries, Warr Acres police said.
Pierson, on Saturday, said he felt lucky to be alive.
He said he pulled into the Buy for Less parking lot, 3701 N MacArthur Blvd. about 10:50 a.m. Friday. He dropped off his wife and went to park his car.
A man on a motorcycle had followed him into the parking lot.
The motorcyclist thought he'd been cut off on the road, Pierson said.
Pierson said he did not realize this, or notice the man was following him, until after he parked his car.
The motorcyclist, who had a female passenger, pulled up next to Pierson and began yelling profanities and accusing him of cutting him off on the road.
Pierson said he got out of his car and told the man to calm down. Pierson said the motorcyclist told him if he came any closer, he'd “be done.”
The motorcyclist got off his bike and pulled out a knife, Pierson said.
“He came around, with the blade on his index finger and kind of hooked me,” Pierson said. “He got me from my ear down to my jugular.”
“An inch or more down, he would have gotten my jugular,” Pierson said. “I'm lucky it was a small blade. I'm really lucky.”
Pierson said he ran into the store and found his wife. He was taken to OU Medical Center.
The blade sliced an artery and part of a neck tendon, Pierson said. Doctors cauterized the wound, and Pierson said he received more than 20 stitches.
Warr Acres police officer Dustin Hendrix said police were still looking for Pierson's assailant Saturday and released a composite sketch.
Pierson described the attacker as a white male, thin and pale, with a slender nose and the “typical biker look.” The man was wearing a bandanna and looked to be 5 feet 11 inches or 6 feet tall. He said he did not get a good look at the motorcyclist's female passenger.
The motorcycle had a burnt orange metallic fuel tank, Pierson said.