A 31-year-old man has been taken into Florida Highway Patrol custody after allegedly running over a motorcycle with both a driver and passenger on it, and then fleeing the scene.
Around 5:30 p.m. on May 30, the driver of a silver Pontiac 4-door sedan had gotten into a fight with a group of motorcyclists on U.S. Route 41 in Lutz, Fla.
“The guy driving the car was driving recklessly, like crazy out of control,” witness Abe Garcia told ABC Action News. “I saw him almost run one of the bikers over, like off the side of the road, so then the bikers caught up to him at a red light and words started exchanging, and then the guy went complete psychopath.”
After the yelling stopped, Garcia pulled out his cellphone and began recording, telling Action News: “I knew something was going to go down, I didn’t know that extreme, at all.”
The driver, 31-year-old Robert Vance, was arrested about five minutes after the incident, down the road. His car showed damage consistent with the hit and run, according to the Action News report—luckily, both the driver and passenger on the motorcycle were taken to a nearby hospital, neither suffering life-threatening injuries.
Garcia then immediately posted the brief video to Facebook, where it has gone viral—sparking more than 6 million views and over 100,000 shares.
Garcia also posted it to YouTube, where it can be viewed in high definition—there it has more than 100,000 views in less than 24 hours.
Vance, who authorities say has an extensive criminal driving record, has been charged with aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an accident. He admitted to committing both crimes.