Woman dragged by truck driver in road rage incident

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A woman is in the hospital with severe injuries after being the victim of a road rage attack. Police are still searching for the suspect.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of 4th Street South and 4th Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

"We just happened to be going the same way as them, all the way home," says witness Justin Trudeau, who is visiting St. Pete from Michigan.

He says a car and truck in front of him started honking at each other. Both drivers exchanged words, and the truck at one point even tried to cut the car off. That was until they reached the intersection at 4th and 4th.

The woman got out of her car and approached the truck. "She walked up to the driver's side and reached in with her right arm and he grabbed her and pulled her in," says Trudeau.

That's when the driver of the truck pulled the woman about 50 feet before dropping her and then running over her arm.

"She was laying in middle of road and he was down the street," says Trudeau.

The truck driver drove away, and that's what has others in town worried that they could be next.

"It's crazy out there. A lot of people are in a big hurry," says one driver.

For Trudeau, he says he's happy the woman is going to be OK and can only hope the driver of the truck is caught, so something like this doesn't happen again.

Witnesses describe the suspect's truck as an older model Toyota Tacoma, either silver or beige, and was last seen entering westbound I-175 at 4th Street South.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call police at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.

Police also say if you come in contact with an aggressive driver, make sure you try and leave the situation, always make sure your doors are locked. If the aggressive driver doesn't leave you alone, get to a lighted area, and call police.


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