Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Driver takes out motorcyclist in violent road rage incident

Driver takes out motorcyclist in violent road rage incident

Deputies say it happened around 5 p.m. near the intersection of Beneva Road and Riviera Drive.

The motorcyclist had previously driven up to the auto and gestured to the occupant with his hand. Dashcam video captured the moment when a grey Mazda suddenly rammed into a motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to crash on the side of the road.

The incident was captured on cell phone video by a family that witnessed the crash a few auto lengths behind them.

"I was pelted with a bunch of metal", Hendrickson told the Herald-Tribune.

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"What I'm doing, I'm essentially trying to follow him until we get to a stopping point", said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson can be seen in the video gesturing with his arms from the right lane to the vehicle in the left lane.

Hendrickson said he was traveling south on Beneva Road when the Mazda brake checked him.

Hendrickson, who has a 1-year-old son, said he understood why the driver did not give chase. "My son started flashing through my face. That doesn't sit right with me".

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The Herald-Tribune reported Hendrickson has numerous traffic violations over the past 10 years, including careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident without giving information, operating a motorcycle between lanes, failure to stop at a red light and more.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that in a short 22-second clip can be seem veering sharply right and sideways toward, and crashing into, a motorcyclist, throwing the bike and rider.

A witness told WFLA-TV in Tampa that the driver threw spare change at the motorcyclist, Darin Hendrickson.

Deputies are asking anyone with information on the incident or the driver to contact 941-861-4317.

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