Prosecutors are expected to file charges today against an Edmonds teenager suspected of beating Richard Alseth unconscious in a road-rage assault.
Alseth, 64, of Edmonds remained in serious condition Thursday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His family was at the hospital and thanked everyone who has offered support.
“We never thought we’d go through something like this,” said Alseth’s son, Steve Alseth. “We ask you to continue to keep Rich in your prayers and tell those close to you how much you love them.”
Alseth, a former assistant principal, suffered life-threatening head injuries when another driver attacked him Monday night, police said.
He was backing out of his sister-in-law’s driveway in the 9500 block of 224th Street SW in Edmonds about 6:15 p.m. Monday when he inadvertently pulled in front of a Jeep Cherokee, police said.
The Jeep driver braked hard to avoid a crash, then got out and began screaming at Alseth, according to an affidavit filed in Snohomish County Juvenile Court.
When Alseth got out of his car, the driver pummeled him, a witness told police. A tip led police to the Edmonds teen and two passengers. Officers arrested the boy at his home Tuesday night.
He was booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett, where he’s being held on $150,000 bail.