Austin police have released a video showing a driver deliberately hitting another vehicle in a fit of road rage. The victim suffered severe injuries, and the aggressive driver fled the scene.
Austin PD Investigate Road Rage Crash as Aggressive Assault
According to KXAN, the Austin Police Department is continuing its investigation of a March 23 crash on MoPac in which the driver of a Lexus IS 300 deliberately hit a pickup.
ADP states the Lexus driver was driving recklessly and caused a confrontation with other drivers. He then placed his hand through the sunroof to flip off the driver of the pickup who he appeared to target randomly.
The Lexus then traveled across multiple lanes of traffic to hit the pickup, causing the pickup to lose control on an exit ramp and slam into side barriers. The Lexus continued driving.
The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.
The entire incident was captured on the dashcam of an Austin police cruiser. The video has since been released by APD as they attempt to identify the aggressive driver.
The Lexus IS 300 is described as being manufactured between 2016 and 2020.
The aggressive driver faces a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle once located. Anyone with information should call APD’s aggravated assault unit at 512-974-6664 or contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.
Information leading to an arrest could result in a $1,000 reward.
Road Rage and Aggressive Driving Statistics
According to data cited by Safe Motorist:
- 66% of traffic fatalities involve aggressive driving behaviors.
- 37% of reported aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
- Males under the age of 19 are most likely to exhibit road rage.
- Half of drivers who were on the receiving end of aggressive behavior admit to responding with aggressive behaviors of their own.
- 3% of drivers admit to trying to run another driver off the road.
Contact an Experienced Austin Car Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a crash with an aggressive driver, call Thomas J. Henry Law. Road rage puts all motorists and individuals at risk. It is never acceptable, and we want to make sure aggressive drivers are held responsible for their actions.
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