An Unexpected Ending


2015-0203 Joann Lambrecht-Vester

Joann Lambrecht-Vester was in the passenger seat of her family’s car when her husband, Hans, accidentally cut off a green Nissan XTerra (SUV) in Redding, a California. The SUV driver followed the couple’s car, tailgating them and cursing for several minutes. Looking to defuse the situation, Joann rolled her window down to encourage the man in the SUV to calm down.

According to several articles, instead of backing off, the driver, who Hans described as a young man, launched a coffee mug into the couple’s car striking Joann on the bridge of her nose.

Concerned that Joann was at a greater risk for blood loss because she just had heart surgery and was on blood thinners, Hans rushed his wife to the hospital.

According to an article on the Weapons Man website, the mug fractured her orbital bone, “causing hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, and loss of consciousness. Then she had a heart attack. By the time she arrived at the hospital, her circulation and respiration had stopped.”

She was resuscitated, but only into a coma, while doctors reduced the pressure on her injured brain.

Annonymous tips and fingerprints lifted from the mug indicated Teddy Robertson was responsible for the road rage and throwing the mug. A warrant was issued for his arrest.  The felony charges included assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, throwing an object at a passenger of a vehicle with intent to injure, and elder abuse.

Robertson turned himself in, and was being held on $100,000 bail at the Shasta County Jail.

The victim survived her injuries and continues to make progress in her recovery.   She can walk with the assistance of a walker, and she learned to feed herself again.


Thanks to Weapons Man, Kelli Saam, and KRCR News for providing the background I used in this post; the Vester family for sharing their story; the annonymous tipster for doing the right thing; the medical and law enforcement personnel who helped Joann Lambrecht-Vester put her life together again; Google for helping me find the story; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture and text I used in this post.

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