A motorcyclist in Florida recently found himself the victim of a motorist who was afflicted by road rage.
The motorcycle accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. following a Memorial Day celebration in Lutz, Florida. Joseph Calderazzo was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle when the driver of a silver Pontiac moved into his lane. It appeared to Calderazzo as though the other driver were attempting to push him off the road.
Calderazzo, who is a Navy veteran, said that at the next traffic light, he offered the motorist some counsel on his ability to drive. This allegedly caused the vehicle driver to go into reverse and accelerate.
The other driver allegedly drove over Calderazzo’s bike, causing Calderazzo and his passenger to fall to the ground.
A witness was able to videotape the alleged road rage incident using a camera phone, so local law enforcement has access to visual evidence of the motorcycle accident.
Miraculously, the 46-year-old motorcyclist from Tampa sustained only a broken fibula and a sprained knee, while his 41-year-old passenger, also from Tampa, was uninjured.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) later revealed that the angry motorist was a 31-year-old resident of Land O’Lakes. Although the driver sped away from the scene of the motor vehicle accident, witnesses pursued him and contacted law enforcement.
A state trooper with the FHP later caught up to the suspect and allegedly noticed that he had already changed a tire on his car. A search of the vehicle trunk reportedly led to the discovery of a shredded tire, which authorities believe is evidence of the road rage incident.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with multiple crimes, including:
- Two counts of attempted murder.
- Fleeing the scene of a crash with injury.
- Driving with a suspended license as a repeat traffic offender.
The suspect’s driving record reportedly indicates that he has been previously convicted of offenses such as DUI and reckless driving. He has also had his license suspended or revoked many times. Furthermore, in 2011, the suspect faced a more serious charge of hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.
For further information about this latest motorcycle accident, read the Tampa Bay Times article, “Driver Faces Attempted Murder Charges in Lutz Motorcycle Road-Rage Incident.”
If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence or deliberate misconduct of another individual, contact the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your accident-related injuries.