Charges Filed In Ballard Road Rage Stabbing

A 24-year-old Shoreline man is facing a felony assault charge on allegations that he attacked another motorist in a Ballard road rage incident.

In charging documents, King County prosecutors contend Lereiko L. Gray stabbed a passenger in another car on Feb. 1 after a brief verbal exchange.

At 8:30 p.m., the alleged victim was in the rear seat of a friend’s car when it stopped across from Ballard High School at Northwest 65th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest.

The man looked at Gray and noticed Gray was “mean mugging” — slang for angrily staring — at him, Seattle Detective Dana Duffy told the court. The man then rolled down his window and asked Gray what his problem was.

Both men exited their cars and a fight ensued, Duffy told the court. The victim said he didn’t realize he’d been stabbed until he was back in his vehicle.

The alleged victim’s friends drove him to Swedish Medical Center in Ballard, and he was then taken to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

The man had been stabbed three times, with once wound near his heart.

“Both his lungs collapsed and he required surgery and chest tubes to re-inflate his lungs,” the detective told the court.