Christchurch woman 'brutally attacked' after stranger enters car at traffic lights

Deni Smart.
Deni Smart. Photo credit: Givealittle

A Christchurch woman is recovering from a brain injury after being brutally attacked by a stranger at traffic lights late last month.

Deni Smart was waiting at lights in the suburb of Linwood when the person got into her car. 

According to a Givealittle page started by a friend, she was then viciously attacked when the person "started an onslaught".

With concussion and a fractured eye socket, Smart is still recovering from the brutal assault, the Givealittle page says.

A photo on the page taken after the attack shows the severity of her injuries.

"This individual is unknown to Deni and she has no idea what provoked the assault," the Givealittle page says.

Smart was reportedly bashed in the head several times and has been left "physically and mentally" traumatised.

She is desperate to get back to work, the Givealittle page says, but it's unclear how long it will take for her brain injury to recover.

"Deni is a kind, caring, and brilliant woman who now has significant uncertainty in her future.

"She didn't ask for this. She didn't provoke the attack. She is now having to deal with the results of someone else's complete disregard for human life."

Writing on Facebook last Wednesday, Smart said the past few days had been a "blur" and thanked everyone who had supported her. 

"It makes me realise how blessed I am in this life and how many people care about me," she said.

Police say the incident is still under investigation. A spokeswoman said it appears no arrests have been made at this stage.