Most stories that we share about car accidents in this blog involve at least one driver acting negligently. But sometimes, a collision between two cars is not an accident, but a frightening and dangerous assault. A negligent driver can cause serious injury to other people in a car accident without meaning to; a driver ramming another vehicle on purpose may be even more likely to hurt someone.
A Raleigh man and his daughter went through a terrifying ordeal recently, when their car was hit at least four times by another vehicle. Fortunately, it does not appear that either of them was seriously injured, though they could have been.
The daughter had gone to the movies, and her father drove to the theater to pick her up. On the way home, the man noticed another vehicle that seemed to be following them. The vehicle overtook their car, rear-ended them, and continued chasing them as the father tried to escape.
Desperate, the father called 911. The transcript of the call describes how the other vehicle crashed into them three more times as the father got off the highway and went into a grocery store’s parking lot. As the father begged for help from the 911 dispatcher, the daughter managed to get out of the car and run into the store.
The father followed a short time later, but the suspect followed him inside. Fortunately, by that time police arrived. They arrested the suspect, 25. He and the father reportedly do not know each other. The suspect is being held at a hospital.
Initial reports do not indicate that either the father or daughter suffered any significant personal injuries. If they had — or if injuries later become apparent — they could have a strong civil case against the road rage suspect.
Source: The Blaze, “Dad Picks Up Daughter from Movies. Their Car Gets Rear-Ended. Then Their Evening of Terror Begins,” Dave Urbanski, Feb. 12, 2014