St Pete Police: Woman dragged by truck driver was road rage

A woman was dragged through an intersection Thursday night by a truck driver during an apparent road rage incident, according to St. Petersburg Police.
 
The 39-year-old female victim was operating her vehicle in the downtown area when she noticed she was being tailgated by a pickup truck in the area of 2nd Avenue South and 2nd Street.
 
The truck driver began honking his horn, and then pulled in front of the victim and began slamming his brakes, causing the victim to come to an abrupt stop.
 
The victim followed the truck to a red light at 4th Avenue South and 4th Street. The victim got out of her car and went to speak to the driver about the incident.
 
When she got to the window, the unidentified man reached out and grabbed her arm. He drove through the intersection against the red-light, dragging the victim about 50 feet before releasing her. The woman fell to the pavement and was then run over by the truck's left rear tire.
 
The suspect vehicle is described as an older model silver or beige Toyota Tacoma and was last seen entering westbound I-175 at 4th Street South.  The driver was described as between 30 to 40 years old.
 
The woman was admitted to Bayfront Hospital for severe injuries to her right arm as the result of the truck running over her.
 
Police are asking for help in identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information on the incident should call the non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.
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