Man in coma after fight with woman at Ponak’s Restaurant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo -- An afternoon lunch nearly turned deadly for a man. He's in a coma and police are searching for the suspect.

The incident happened on Tuesday at Ponak's Restaurant, located in the 2800 block of Southwest Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. It's an area known for good food and drinks. Those who work in the area say it's also known to get a little rowdy, but what one man witnessed on Tuesday was unlike anything he's ever seen.

"I was outside with a couple of the drivers," Gary Hilton said.

Hilton works as a mechanic across the street from Ponak's. He was in the middle of a conversation with a coworker when he heard a man yelling in the restaurant's parking lot.

"We see a guy start to beat on a window of a car," he said.

Police say a woman was in the driver's seat yelling back.

"We could see a woman start to try to pull off," Hilton said. "As she was pulling off, the guy jumped on top of the car and was trying to beat on it."

That's when police say the woman quickly accelerated forward, throwing the man off the hood, causing him to hit his head on the asphalt.

"It appeared that she hit the brakes and the momentum, he just went," Hilton said. "It looked like he probably flew eight to 10 feet. He hit his head on the ground pretty hard."

The next thing Hilton knew, the woman sped off, not giving him enough time to get a vehicle description.

"It happened so fast," he said.

Minutes later, employees at restaurants nearby started hearing sirens.

"All I hear was police coming all around. There were like five or six cop cars," El Patron waiter
Herson Tovar said.

When police got on scene they say the man was going in and out of consciousness, they say his head was swollen and bleeding.

"He laid still for awhile. Shortly after, he raised his knee up moving it around," Hilton said. "I think the people that were there were telling him to stay down."

Police are still searching for the woman behind the wheel, while the man has bleeding in his brain and is in a coma.

"That's pretty bad. It's unfortunate," Hilton said.

An employee said the argument started inside the restaurant.

Detectives were at the restaurant looking at surveillance video. If you know anything about this incident, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.