A Cheatham County man says he was choked Thursday morning in an incident of road rage.
The father of two told Nashville's News 2 Investigates it happened in front of his children, ages five and 10, while they were on their way to school.
Just after 7 a.m., Brian Williams says he encountered two vehicles blocking the intersection of Old Clarksville Highway and Shahan Road in Pleasant View.
Unsure what was going on, the 32-year-old says he quickly tapped on his honk to let them know another motorist was trying to pass.
Soon after, an angry, muscular man approaches and explains that his daughter is stuck up ahead in a ditch.
According to Williams, the man then reaches through his open window, puts his hand around his neck and proceeds to choke him.
“Oh he was trying to choke me out,” he recalled, adding, “This was a, ‘I want you dead kind of thing.'”
Frightened, Williams says he started to drive away yet the man's hand remained around his neck.
“I'm thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I have my kids right beside me. I just want to get to work and school. There is no sense in this.'”
He added, “If I had my carry permit and handgun on me I probably would have used lethal force.”
Eventually the man let go and, after arriving at his children's school, Williams called 911.
By the time investigators respond to the scene, the vehicles and the man were gone.
According to Williams, the man was driving a white box van with no lettering.
He is described as five foot, seven inches tall with a dark, Hawaiian-like complexion. The motorist he was assisting was driving a white Jeep.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Cheatham County Sheriff's Department.