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Man critically injured after road rage incident in Pinellas Park; driver arrested for causing crash

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Posted at 10:48 AM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-04 11:54:48-04

Police arrested a 30-year-old driver Friday, a week after a road rage incident that triggered a serious traffic crash on 49th Street at the U.S. 19 overpass.

Anthony Powell of Pinellas Park is charged with reckless driving causing serious bodily injury to another.

Pinellas Park Police say Powell engaged in a road rage incident with an unknown vehicle for 15 blocks on May 26. Witnesses say they saw a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Powell, cutting off an unidentified truck just before the crash.

Powell lost control of his Silverado underneath U.S. 19, crossed the median, entered the exit ramp at U.S. 19 and collided with a Nissan Xterra, driven by 52-year-old Timothy Ilyes of Tampa.

Ilyes suffered life threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

Officers took Powell into custody without incident about 9:00 p.m. Friday. He posted bail and bonded out of the Pinellas County Jail.

The unidentified truck involved in the road rage incident did not stop and left the scene.

Authorities are asking for anyone who witnessed any portion of the crash, the road rage incident or know the whereabouts of the unidentified truck involved to call the Pinellas Park Police Department at (727) 369-7864.