ARNOLD, MO (KMOV/CNN) - Pulling into a well-lit public place is often good advice if you think someone is following you.
For one woman, it only escalated a road rage incident that left her beaten and terrified.
This all started on her drive home Friday from St. Louis.
"You think you're safe, you're not safe," said the woman, who declined to be identified.
"I couldn't see his headlights at all the whole way. All I saw is a big truck," the woman said.
She made a quick decision to pull into somewhere that was well lit with a lot of people. That's how she ended up at a Walgreens.
A man repeatedly kicked her car. What happened next caused doctors to cut her wedding ring off of her finger.
"Never in a million years I would have thought the guy was going to touch me," she said.
The man threw her phone and tackled her after she tried to take a picture of his license plate.
When he drove off, he nearly ran her over.
"It's terrifying. I don't want to leave anywhere. I don't want to drive alone. I don't want to get in my car alone," the woman said.
She's desperate for him to be caught. She's left with dents in her car and injuries to her hands.
"It's my busiest time of year," the woman said. "I do hair so I can't use my hands right now."
She's begging anyone who recognizes the man or truck to call police.
"I don't want to feel unsafe any more," she said. "I don't want this to take over and that's what it's doing right now. So if any one can help in any way so we can catch him and so he doesn't do this to anyone else either."
The woman said the man had gray hair and was driving a blue truck. Police believed the truck was a GMC Sierra.
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