The Queens man accused of bashing a woman into a coma over an East Village parking space says he wishes he never raised his fist.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the attack on Lana Rosas, Oscar Fuller said he didn’t realize the power of his punch until cops arrested him last Tuesday on felony assault charges.
“I wish I just let her hit me,” Fuller told the Daily News on Sunday. “It was out of reflex, just a reaction that went the wrong way,” he said of the Feb. 25 beatdown. “I don’t believe this is happening.”
He said he went to a birthday party following the encounter with Rosas, 25, of the Bronx, insisting he did not know she was critically injured.
“I left the incident so it would not become a bigger situation. I only hit the girl one time,” said the father of two as his lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, sat nearby.
Fuller is accused of flying into a rage when Rosas refused to budge from an E. 14th St. parking space between Avenues A and B that she was saving for her boyfriend by standing in it.
Prosecutors charge that Fuller, who stands 5-feet-7 and weighs 150 pounds, hit the 4-foot-11, 100-pound Rosas so hard she “flew off her feet” and hit her head on the ground.
She continues to battle for her life at Bellevue Hospital, where doctors removed part of her skull to relieve brain swelling.