Authorities asked the public's help Friday in finding a man involved in a freeway altercation that left another driver hospitalized with stab wounds in South Los Angeles.
The California Highway Patrol said the "road-rage incident" happened in heavy traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway near Central Avenue around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials believed the driver of a red Ford Mustang intentionally sideswiped a Toyota Camry. Both motorists pulled over onto the right shoulder of the freeway, CHP said.
The victim told KTLA that he was upset over the cars tailgating him and gave a driver "the finger."
That's when the male driver of the Mustang allegedly exited his car and approached the other man — who had his window open —and stabbed him three times.
The victim said the other man lunged into his car, grabbed his arm and repeatedly stabbed him. The victim managed to put the car in drive and got away.
The assailant returned to his car and fled the scene, CHP said.
The victim, 33, sustained "moderate" injuries and was taken to the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, according to CHP's report.
"It was very frightening," the victim, who did not want to be identified, said. He said the worst part was thinking he might not be able to make it home to see his two kids.
Agency officials described the stabber as a light-skinned Hispanic man about 5 foot 9 tall in his mid-20s. He's believed to have short hair, a cropped beard, "manicured" eyebrows and an athletic build.
A woman around 20 years old was seen in the Mustang's passenger seat.
Authorities described the vehicle as a newer model with black tinted windows, a "5.0" emblem on the rear and "Norm Reeves" paper plates.
Anyone with information can call CHP's South L.A. office at 310-516-3355.
KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story.