WILLOUGHBY -- She has a complete stranger to thank for her life.
She wants the story told but her identity protected to encourage others who might find themselves in a similar situation.
The Good Samaritan we'll call "Tricia" spoke exclusively with WKYC.
"I was worried she was going to die. I thought she was going to die," Tricia said.
She was driving by a neighbor's house when she spotted 24-year-old Thomas Barker beating Lisa Fente with a bat.
"The adrenaline was rushing," Tricia said. "I could have done anything. I wasn't afraid at all. No fear."
Tricia stopped her car, got between the two, and rushed the victim to her car and then to Lake West Hospital.
"It was horrific and horrible and bloody," she recalled.
Despite the risks to her own life, Tricia has no regrets about jumping in to help.
"She wasn't a stranger at that moment. She was a woman being hurt and abused," Tricia said.
Thomas Barker is in a Lake County jail facing multiple charges including aggravated assault.
We spoke with his uncle who calls the incident tragic but offers no explanation for his nephew's actions.
At last check, Lisa Fente has been upgraded to stable condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.