The collision happened after “a few choice words” were traded, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report.
The car barrels over the motorcycle before speeding off.
“I thought the guy was trying to kill us, obviously,” Joe Calderazzo, the biker who was involved in the crash, told WTSP. “You know, you don’t know what’s going through your mind. Is he going to put the car in reverse? Is he going to turn around? Is he going to stop and pull out a gun? You don’t know what’s going on.”
Taken into custody in connection with the road-rage incident was 31-year-old Robert Paul Vance, according to the Highway Patrol.
Vance, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and being a habitual traffic offender, according to an arrest report. A charge of aggravated battery was amended to two counts of attempted murder, FHP said in an email Tuesday night.
It was unclear whether Vance had an attorney.
Pasco: Charges against Robert Vance upgraded to 2 counts Attempted Murder. Remains in Jail w/ bond of $115,000. pic.twitter.com/L8QlpQgA69— FHP Tampa (@FHPTampa) June 1, 2016
The incident occurred Monday evening in Lutz, Fla., according to the FHP arrest report. The video shows Vance’s car veering into another lane, knocking down the two victims and their motorcycle.
The car’s back wheel is airborne as the vehicle travels over Calderazzo’s motorcycle. Then the car drives away.
“The car literally just went right over them,” a witness told a dispatcher in a 911 call, released by the Florida Highway Patrol.
“We got just run over by a car,” one of the victims says, in another emergency call. “It was a hit-and-run.”
When a trooper arrived on the scene, he found “the victim driver was injured due to a vehicle running into him after they exchanged a few choice words,” the report states.
Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol told The Post on Tuesday that the injuries suffered during the incident were minor.
The trooper tracked down Vance after the incident and noted that his vehicle had damage that was consistent with a hit-and-run.
The trooper asked Vance if he could take a look in the trunk.
“There I found a wheel and a tire with the rubber shredded,” the arrest report states.
Witnesses at the scene identified Vance, who later admitted responsibility for the incident, according to the document.
This post has been updated.
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