Caught on camera: Florida road rage driver crashes
A Florida woman is speaking out after falling victim to a case of road rage. She says she witnessed "instant karma" when the tailgater ran his pickup truck off the road near Tampa.
Watch it here. (Note - the video contains an image of the driver making a rude gesture.)
When she refused to pull over for the tailgating driver, he zoomed by and gave her the middle finger. That's when he lost control of his truck and crashed into a pole. She caught it all on camera.
"I just pulled up the phone, driving with one hand and focusing on the road, focusing on my mirrors everything, and I just kind of held up the phone," she said.
The driver was later arrested for leaving the scene of the crash. He was not injured.
The video already has more than four million hits on YouTube.
The woman wrote, "This happened to me on SR 41 in Tampa on Monday March 24th. This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording."
She explained, "I couldn't move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn't going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened."
"Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck in a left turn lane, was tailgating and driving recklessly on a wet slick road, wasn't paying attention, and all in all being an ignorant ---. Not once was I mouthing off, I never brake checked him, and in fact until I watched the video after the accident I didn't even know he shot a bird at me because I wasn't looking at him at all. I was paying attention to the road while holding the phone up with my right hand. I've recorded circumstances like this before, catching idiots doing stupid things, but never ever had this happen."
"He initially fled the scene of the accident, but thanks to this video he has been caught and charged. Massive props to the Sheriff's Department and most especially the Highway Patrol who responded to the scene. This moron could have easily killed somebody with his moronic behavior, and my laughing at the end would have been replaced with tears. Needless to say though, I've never seen Karma come back so fast."
She explained that she disabled comments on her YouTube post after she says some viewers left rude comments.
"Apparently people seem to think that they were right there and know exactly what was going on. You weren't there. You don't know what happened other than the truth that I told. And apparently I did get a comment of someone who he had done this same thing to... thank you for that," she wrote.