Stephen Kramer
Stephen Kramer

A Fairview Township man must spend nearly a year in prison for punching a driver in the face until he knocked her out.

Stephen David Kramer, 45, of San Remo Place, thought Nicole Sellers had cut him off in traffic, police said.

Sellers, then 31, was knocked unconscious during the attack and suffered bleeding on the brain and a broken facial bone, according to Lower Allen Township Police.

On Tuesday, Kramer was sentenced in Cumberland County Court to 11½ to 23 months in county prison, followed by three years of probation, according to court records.

He also was ordered to take anger-management classes and have no contact with his victim.

Kramer pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. A felony aggravated assault charge against him was dismissed.

The road-rage incident happened about 5:15 p.m. March 13, 2012, outside Gold's Gym, 3401 Hartzdale Drive in the township. At the time, Sellers worked at the gym, police said.

Traffic dispute: Kramer and Sellers both drove into the gym's parking lot, where Kramer was a member. He accused her of cutting him off in traffic and called her derogatory names, court documents state.

As Sellers walked toward the gym's entrance, Kramer held open the front door for her.

She walked past him, at which point he either said something else to her or spat on her, then punched her in the face at least four times, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police Kramer delivered the last punch while Sellers was staggering to stay on her feet and was defenseless, documents state.

Sellers fell to the ground, at which point witnesses carried her to the trainers' room and 911 was called, police said.

Other witnesses subdued Kramer, according to police.

After the attack, Sellers was taken by ambulance to Holy Spirit Hospital, then transferred to Hershey Medical Center.

Kramer's Carlisle-based defense attorney, John Abom, declined comment.

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