NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter are speaking out about their brutal attack following a Rascal Flatts concert in Charlotte, N.C., last Friday.
Wallace, his daughter Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden and family were getting ready to leave the PNC Amphitheater in their car when a group of young men in a pickup truck assaulted them. Wallace says he engaged the men in casual conversation, which triggered a bizarre reaction.
One of the men knocked Wallace unconscious. Three men continued to beat him while he was lying on the ground. Wallace recently underwent heart bypass surgery.
Afraid her father was going to die, Wingerden says she stepped between the men and pleaded with them to stop. That’s when she says a group of “women and moms” grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground. She was kicked multiple times by the men while she was screaming for help. “At that point I thought my dad was gone because he wasn’t moving at all,” said Wingerden.
The motive of the attackers has bewildered nearly everyone who is following the story. Now, Wallace and his daughter are sharing their side of the horrific attack in an interview with Fox & Friends.
Wallace and Wingerden are still recovering from their injuries. Wallace needs a front tooth implant that he says will require a 5-10 month recovery period. The blows to his face also exploded the retinas in his eyes. His daughter still has a black eye and sore ribs from the brutal kicks. Plus, there’s the emotional damage, which often lingers longer than the physical trauma .
The Wallaces said their assailants were allegedly involved in other violent incidents at the PNC Amphitheater, but that has not been confirmed. They were arrested while trying to leave the venue in their truck, and were later released on $1,000 bail.
There was one detail about their truck the family remembered: a decal that read “LUCAS LANDSCAPING – Indian Trails, N.C.” Since the story broke, the company’s Yelp page has received a barrage of negative comments, and according to the website, the business has since shut down. Looks like karma is alive and well.