I was in a relationship for 4 years with a woman, that ended in her attempting to strangle me with her bare hands.
One night we were drinking, which is something we sometimes did. She said we needed to go get more beer from the store, and instead of stopping, she drove us to the next town.
I told her many times to stop, and she would not. I didn’t think law enforcement could even find us. She drove at speeds of 100 mph or more, tailgating and nearly crashing several times.
At one point she drove over a ditch and damaged the car; we were miles from any town. I scolded her, because I was scared. She flipped out, and instead of taking us back to our town, she drove out into a deserted road and jumped on me. She screamed “if you kill me again…”. This was terrifying to me and I ended up punching her and I was able to get out of the car, but only after she bit me hard on my shoulder as I exited. I was going to just try to walk back into town, but she seemingly calmed down. I stupidly got back into the car, and she immediately resumed her verbal assault, and kept grabbing at my neck.
We turned onto the highway, and she began to say “You will die, but I won’t, because God won’t let me die.”
She then moved into the oncoming lane. She sped up to 120 MPH with headlights approaching. With feet to spare she swerved, but hit a median and we careened off the road and into a cement pylon. This event lasted for 45 minutes, but I was forever destroyed emotionally. I didn’t press charges… I should have.
The PTSD from this event has caused me to drink excessively for 3 years now. As a man, I feel emasculated and helpless. I’ve been to counseling, and now have an AA sponsor who helps.
The details of the relationship itself would lend to many chapters in a book.
I’m sharing my story so I may heal some more.