20 Years For Woman Who Beat 81-Year-Old In Road-Rage Incident

Vasquez Pleaded Guilty To Aggravated Battery

A woman who pulled an 81-year-old driver from her car and severely beat her was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Jessica Vasquez, 19, pleaded guilty in August to aggravated battery, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

In court Friday she apologized for what the judge called a "particularly egregious crime."

"I'm sorry, I can't believe that's me. I've admitted it, from the day it happened," Vasquez said.

Evelyn Page, 81, was driving in the 6200 block of South Meridian Street on April 30 when Vasquez -- believing Page had cut her off -- drove around her and slammed on her brakes, forcing Page to stop.

Vasquez exited her car, opened the driver's-side door of Page's car and began beating her. She then left her lying in the middle of the street.

The 81-year-old suffered several injuries, including at least 14 fractures in one of her legs. She walked with a cane in court Friday and said she would likely have to undergo more surgery.

One of the detectives who worked the case said he though the punishment was fitting.

"It was committed against an 81-year-old woman, someone who couldn't defend herself. If it wasn't for witnesses that came forth and intervened, it could have been worse. We could have been looking at a homicide," said Indianapolis police Det. Wendall Daniel.

Vasquez's attorney said she will appeal.

Vasquez is also charged in connection with an April 25 robbery at Walgreens drugstore at Washington and LaSalle streets.