Man hospitalized after being hit with baseball bat

Road rage incident happens after suspect's wife and U-Haul driver exchange words.
Cary Ashby
Mar 31, 2013


An Avon Lake man was hospitalized after a local man reportedly hit him in the shoulder with a baseball bat in connection with a suspected road rage incident Thursday.

"He was treated at the hospital," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said about the 30-year-old victim.

The suspect, Steven L. Moore, 36, of 5635 Fayette Road, New London, was charged with felonious assault in connection with the incident outside of New London.

"The defendant's wife (earlier) was involved in a verbal altercation at McDonald's in New London. That involved some guys driving a U-Haul truck," Christophel said.

Mary L. Moore, 35, was in the drive-thru with her teenage daughter about 20 minutes before the suspected assault.

"A large truck comes beside her and nearly runs into her vehicle," said Chief Deputy Ted Patrick, of the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

"She yelled at the driver, thinking he was too close to the car," Patrick said. "They both began yelling at each other."

Moore returned home.

"She told her husband about what happened," Christophel said.

Patrick said Moore's husband became upset because their daughter was in the vehicle at McDonald's and the Moores decided to track down the men in the truck.

"They drove back to New London in separate vehicles," Patrick said. "(Moore) spotted the truck on (Ohio) 60 just south of New London Section Line Road."

The wife changed lanes in order to get in front of the U-Haul truck. The truck driver wasn't able to slow down in time and the two vehicles collided head-on, Patrick said.

"There's no indication how fast they're going," the sheriff's spokesman added. "They both get out of the vehicles and started yelling at each other."

Steven Moore "came upon the scene" and reportedly used a baseball bat to smash the driver's side window of the truck and hit the victim/driver in the shoulder at least once, Christophel said.

Moore was arrested at the scene and charged with felonious assault. He was released from the Huron County Jail late Friday afternoon, having posted a $10,000 bond.

If convicted of felonious assault, he faces two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 8:04 p.m. about the assault in the 1500 block of Ohio 60 outside of New London. Patrick said it's unclear who made the call.

Sgt. Chuck Summers responded with the New London Police Department.

"New London P.D. arrived first, followed by the sheriff's office," Christophel said.

The victim and his passenger, a 25-year-old Brook Park man, both went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"They were both taken to the hospital and treated for injuries," said Patrick, who had no further information.

Police Sgt. Joe Hicks, who called the circumstances of the crash and assault "bizarre," said New London officers didn't investigate the incident and were at the scene for assistance. He referred further questions to the sheriff's office.

Moore's wife was charged with reckless operation.



The guy & his wife should both be locked up. Idiots.


can you say.............

JMOP's picture

People are crazy


can you say.............hillbilies


hill - Jacks more like it.. those are the worst kind :)

That's what I was taught. Billies are the good ones.


my name is mud..


What a couple of low-life hillbillies. I say lock them both up, and require them to get at least a GED before their release.

Estrella Damm



That's pretty dangerous to mess with someone like that. You never know what can happen. They may even shoot you. I'm glad the guy and his wife both got into trouble. I think some people just go looking for a fight sometimes.


WOW.. just WOW, shake head, chuckle, and of course another wow.. seen it all..

just plain disgusted

Are we sure he wasn't the one hit with the bat?


Wow, white trash at it's finest! Just tryin' to git a square meal for the kid at McDonald's, too. Both these Einstein's need locked up.


Worried because daughter was in the car....What do you think your actions taught her??

Just Another Voice

My thoughts exactly.


Right on thoughts exactly...p.o.s. morons.


more and more of these morons surface each and everyday. Im sure in his world he is always right and a complete a hole.


How about child endangering for hitting someone head on (on purpose)? Vehicular assault?


The "victim" went back looking for the men because they had words with his wife? Seems to me it was him who was really looking for trouble and found it. No pity.


The victim didn't do anything but drive down the road. The ignorant, white trash woman rammed his truck and then her equally ignorant, white trash husband attacked the the victims with a baseball bat. Lots of pity.


Why was the wife so upset anyway ? The U-haul truck at McDonalds, did not actually hit her, HMMMMMMMMMM must of wanted to get the fries, and Big Macs in a big HURRY . Me, myself, and I, always comes first, grow up


I hope the bat was a louisville slugger.