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UK Rapper Mown Down In Road Rage Attack

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, November 1, 2003
Dave 'Impi-D' Watts, the DJ/vocalist and core member of agit-prop hip hop crew Fun-Da-Mental, was seriously injured in a road rage incident this week, when a maniac driver deliberately reversed into him, breaking his leg in two places.

Dave was run down on Harlesden High Street, West London after the motorist first cut him and his girlfriend up on their bikes, leading to a row, which prompted the driver to bump Dave with his car.

"That was minor, but when I cycled around to the driver's side and said again 'what the fuck are you doing-' he didn't reply at all, moved his car forwards and reversed again, knocking my girlfriend Beatrice off her bike," Dave told Skrufff.

"I didn't like that at all, and got off my bike, then he moved forward and reversed again quickly, knocking me down and driving over my leg," he continued.

"I managed to crawl over to the pavement, looked down at my foot and saw it was flopping loose at a stupid angle beneath the knee, reminiscent of that scene in Apocalypse Now."

Despite the attack happening on a busy shopping street in broad daylight, Dave said many witnesses refused to cooperate with the police.

"A lot of people saw it but lots didn't want to talk to the police, even people that I know, shopkeepers who I've talked to for years from going into their shops, wouldn't say anything," he said.

"I'm really fucking disillusioned with some people. They give you all that brotherly love shit then when something like this happens you see they're just out for themselves, especially with this issue of the police. At the end of the day, you need the police in society. If somebody fucks you up, who you gonna' call- When someone burgles your house are you gonna' call a rapper or the police-"

Harlesden is renowned as being one of London's roughest areas, with gun crime in particular, a significant problem, though Dave stressed his attacker 'wasn't a gangsta type, just an ignorant, fucking asshole'. He added that local police are apparently optimistic they'll catch him.

"I really hope they nail him to the wall when they do," said Dave.

"Apparently he drove off laughing."

Dave's girlfriend escaped with cuts and bruises, though the Fun-Da-Mental frontman broke both his tibia and fibia leg bones and has had a steel pin inserted in his lower leg. He's now convalescing at home and expects to be out of action for several months. Anyone wishing to send him a get-well message can do so at