Random stabbing horror: ‘Am I going to die here?’
The young woman who police allege was the target of a random and unprovoked stabbing attack has told of the moment she feared she would die on the roadside, next to a paper bag filled with her takeaway lunch.
Sara Okazaki, a 25-year-old Japanese international student, was on September 5 getting her takeaway lunch before her shift as a bar worker, when police allege a man armed with a knife stabbed her repeatedly in the chest, hand and arms.
In an interview with The Courier-Mail, Miss Okazaki said as she lay on the ground of Brisbane's busy Vulture Street, she accepted every possibility she'd bleed to death.
"I've thought about death in general in my life and how I'd die," Miss Okazaki said. "I realised that maybe I wouldn't die old or in a car accident, but lying on the side of the road when I came back from buying my takeaway food."
Miss Okazaki said in the moments lying on the street, she had little time to reflect on what had happened before her survival instinct kicked in.
Desperate for help, Miss Okazaki ran in front of oncoming traffic while holding her wrist together.
"I remember thinking, 'oh my god, am I going to die here', like, 'wow is this actually the way I'm going to go?'," she said. "It felt really surreal. I thought maybe I might be dreaming, but obviously it was really happening, and when I realised, I did what I had to do to survive, which was hold my wrist together and get help."
Miss Okazaki's alleged attacker, 37-year-old Jonathon Montgomery Wallace, who has since been charged with attempted murder, was a complete stranger to her prior to the daylight attack, according to police.
"It's scary that this could've happened to anyone and I was literally just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I'm a bit still anxious when I'm walking by myself … I have anxiety I suppose, I have a bit of worry and it did bring back that emotional memory (when) I did have to walk near that street again."
Now unable to work, Miss Okazaki is in the process of moving to a home away from where the event happened.
She has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for her life in Queensland.
Originally published as Random stabbing horror: 'Am I going to die here?'