Lakeside woman beaten, dragged during carjacking

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 19:41:03-04

A Lakeside woman is recovering after she was carjacked in Riverside County over the Fourth of July weekend. 

Cheyenne Newsome says a car with two men and a woman started following her in Hemet, honking at her for miles. When she pulled over to ask what they were doing, the woman jumped out and attacked her. 

"She came up to me, from behind and attacked me," Newsome said. "So she pulled my hair, pulled my hair back like unexpected. Didn’t expect that.”

Newsome says the man grabbed her keys and started to drive away with her Camaro, but she jumped partially through the open passenger window and held on. 

"I'm trying to hang on for dear life," she said. "And he swerves like a maniac trying to kill me."

She finally fell off when he punched her in the head and knocked her unconscious.

"Police said that I was drug 75 feet," she said. 

Newsome has a concussion, staples in her head, bruises, and severe road rash. She can't even stand up without crutches. 

She's recovering with family in Arizona right now and hopes police catch her attackers before they ambush anyone else. 

"I just want them to experience the pain that I went through and to realize that you can't do that to people," she said. 

Amazingly, police found Newsome's car ditched a few hours later. The attackers stole her car keys, purse, and iPad. 

Newsome's mother has set up a GoFundMe to help raise some money for her daughter's medical bills.