From Otis Harris' perspective, it all started with a skateboarder standing in the middle of his right-hand turn lane, keeping his vehicle from moving at a stoplight.
Allegedly when Harris asked the skateboarder to move, the male gave Harris the finger and yelled racial slurs, according to KIRO-TV in Seattle.
And as seen on a frightening video — recorded from a bus just behind Harris' minivan — that's when things went from bad to worse.
"So I made an attempt to go around him," Harris told KIRO. "As you can see, the car lurched a little forward to get him to step to the side."
Harris told police he might have bumped the skateboarder in his attempt to go around him, KIRO said, and then the male struck the hood and windshield of Harris' minivan with his skateboard.
The skateboard is seen lifted above the front of the minivan. (Image source: KIRO-TV)
When the skateboarder began to come around to the driver's side, video shows that Harris hit the gas, running over the skateboarder's stomach with what appears to be the vehicle's left-front tire. Harris told KIRO that he stopped before the left-back tire ran over him.
"I had no intention on trying to kill the guy or nothing like that," Harris told KIRO. "I just wanted to diffuse him from hitting me with that board, so I stopped."
The skateboarder went to the hospital with a pelvic injury, KIRO reported, adding that his condition is unknown and that attempts to reach him so far to get his side of the story have been unsuccessful.
Harris added that he recorded the Oct. 20 incident from a different vantage point — from inside his minivan, with a windshield camera overlooking his hood. Harris told KIRO that he gave that clip to Seattle police who are still investigating the incident.
"I'm not worried about going to jail," Harris told KIRO. "I'm more worried about living. Because this guy was crazy enough to peel my head with that skateboard."
Here's the clip from KIRO: