A minor traffic accident erupted into a stabbing in South Tampa on Wednesday.
Robert Suarez, 36, was a passenger in his girlfriend’s Audi going north on MacDill Avenue near Bay to Bay Boulevard, police said.
Traffic stopped suddenly and the Audi was rear-ended by a Toyota Avalon driven by Steven Baker, 22, police said. Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Bay Oaks apartments.
Baker and one of his two passengers, Torre Worthy, 23, began arguing with Suarez, police said.
Worthy began punching Suarez, who would later be treated for cuts to his head, wrist, legs and knees, police said.
Suarez hit the concrete and Baker joined in the fight, kicking Suarez in the head, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
That’s when Suarez stabbed Baker but immediately began to put pressure on the wound to stop it from bleeding, McElroy said.
“He felt he was outnumbered and he had to defend himself, but he felt terrible about injuring his attacker,” she said.
McElroy wasn’t sure of the location of Baker’s wound. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital. His condition was initially described as serious but later described as good.
The investigation was expected to continue, with no immediate announcement of charges.