A 31-year-old man is facing aggravated battery charges after the Florida Highway Patrol says he ran over two motorcyclists.
According to troopers, a cell phone video from a witness shows the man turning his silver sedan into a motorcycle on US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz Monday afternoon.
The collision knocked the male driver of the motorcycle and his female passenger off the bike. One of the back wheels of the sedan went up in the air as it drove over the motorcycle.
The car then sped off.
Authorities caught up with the sedan and arrested the man moments later. The sedan had damages consistent with the hit and run crash, according to troopers.
Authorities claim that during interrogations, the man admitted to running over the motorcycle. Authorities said exchanged words between the motorcyclist and the man sparked the road rage.
The man and woman knocked off the motorcycle were treated at the scene.
The man was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and aggravated battery.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Land O’ Lakes man has previous driving offenses and has been labeled as a habitual traffic offender.
He has a $35,000 bond.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury caused in an incident of road rage while on a motorcycle, you need to retain the help of a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We have experience handling motorcycle accident and road rage personal injury lawsuits.
Road rage and motorcycles are a dangerous mix – bikers are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to protection due to the sheer weight and size of passenger vehicles. The weight of the other vehicle can result in serious injuries, and possibly death, despite protective headwear and other gear. Enraged drivers will often use the size difference as an intimidation factor. Deliberately running a biker off the road, swerving into them, forcing them into oncoming traffic, etc. is never ok. A misunderstanding that results in violence must be dealt with accordingly, and the person who is accused of road rage could be looking at criminal charges in addition to a civil suit.