Orange County Board of Education Trustee Accused of Choking and Assaulting Neighbor in Road Rage Incident

An Orange County Board of Education trustee, Dr. Ken Williams Jr., is facing serious allegations of assault and choking in a road rage incident involving his 20-year-old neighbor, Caden O’Malley. The incident, which occurred in Mission Viejo, California, last year, has resulted in a lawsuit against Williams.

According to the lawsuit, Williams is accused of kicking O’Malley’s car, throwing him to the ground, and climbing on top of him before placing his hands around O’Malley’s neck. The incident took place on a 55-mile-per-hour roadway, leaving O’Malley struggling and unable to walk. He managed to crawl to the side of the road to call for emergency medical assistance.

Call records obtained by The Times confirmed that O’Malley contacted paramedics on March 11, 2023, at 1:32 p.m. The incident report states that O’Malley was physically assaulted, with Williams stepping on his leg before fleeing the scene.

Williams, who is currently up for reelection on the March 5 primary ballot, confirmed the existence of the lawsuit but declined to comment on the specifics of the incident, citing advice from his attorney. He has accused his political opponents of using the lawsuit against him, claiming that they are attacking his personal and professional career due to his stance on protecting children, charter schools, and opposing critical race theory.

While it remains unclear whether Williams’ alleged actions were politically motivated, he has expressed concerns that his opponents are using the lawsuit to sway his political supporters and remove their endorsements. Notably, Williams has received endorsements from the Orange County Republican Party, Sheriff Don Barnes, and the Orange County Register.

The lawsuit alleges that the road rage incident began on Crystal Canyon Road, where O’Malley, driving a Cadillac Escalade, encountered Williams’ Volkswagen Golf TDI blocking the road. The two drivers, who were neighbors living in close proximity, then turned onto El Toro Road, where the altercation escalated.

According to the lawsuit, Williams repeatedly blocked O’Malley from passing, eventually leading to a confrontation. Williams allegedly kicked O’Malley’s car, verbally insulted him, and physically attacked him when O’Malley attempted to take a picture of Williams’ license plate. The assault resulted in O’Malley being thrown to the ground, choked, and left on the roadway.

O’Malley suffered significant physical and mental injuries as a result of the incident, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene and transported O’Malley to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Author: CrimeDoor

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