Wife of beaten driver wants justice

Angela Loznicka
May 10, 2011 4:42:14 AM PDT
The wife of a Henderson man who was severely beaten in March by a mob is sharing her story for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC11 Eyewitness News.

Police say a group of men attacked Eric Loznicka after he accidentally hit their friend with his car. Police arrested and charged six people, but Angela Loznicka told ABC11 the charges aren't strong enough.

"Does he have to be dead for anybody to wake up and realize that this was very wrong?" Angela Loznicka asked.

Loznicka is also the mother of two.

"It makes me really angry. I mean, it's not right," she said.

She continues to plead for answers about a night she can't forget.

"I have nightmares about it and I can only imagine how he's feeling," Loznicka said.

Police say Eric was driving down Raleigh Road when 18-year-old Reuben Wright stepped into the road. Wright's friends allegedly then pulled Eric from his car and attacked him for minutes while 16 witnesses called 911.

"They're punching this person, and it's like a jump, like a gang jump thing," once witness told a 911 operator.

"To beat him and take turns beating on him like that, over and over and over, that's far from just losing control cause a loved one got hit," Angela said.

She has photos of her husband taken a week after the attack.

"At the best, they were stomping him in his throat," Angela said. "That night it was (showing with hands) this big all the way around."

She says her husband is still recovering and is no longer the same person.

"Is he any less human than these people are?" she asked. "I mean, it's very, very disturbing and all I see [are] his eyes sitting there by himself."

Now, she wants justice and the men responsible behind bars.

"I don't appreciate what ya'll did to him and I'm gonna get my chance in court to tell you that he's a husband, he's a son, he's a daddy, he's a brother to people just like ya'll are," Angela said.

The six people who were arrested were charged with misdemeanors. Police say they can't be charged with felonies because her husband can't say who did what to him. They face up to five months in jail if convicted.

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