Video shows road rage incident in Sarasota, driver intentionally rams motorcyclist off road

SARASOTA, Fla. — A Sarasota motorcyclist is asking for the public's help in finding the driver who smashed into him in an apparent road rage incident. 

The crash happened at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Beneva Road and Riviera Drive in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The motorcyclist, Darin Hendrickson, told ABC Action News he was taken to the hospital for a hyperextended knee, possible fractured ribs and severe road rash. 

"I really just don't understand it, how a human can do that to another human," he said, "it just doesn't sit right with me."

Hendrickson said he was traveling south on Beneva Road when the Mazda brake checked him. 

"What I'm doing, I'm essentially trying to follow him until we get to a stopping point," said Hendrickson.

In a cell phone video, recorded by a witness, Hendrickson could be seen changing lanes and driving alongside the Mazda when he motioned for the car to pull over, swinging his arm towards the vehicle. 

Hendrickson said what you can't clearly see in the video is the driver of the car throwing change at him.

We checked to see if Hendrickson has any similar instances like this road rage case, and found he only had minor traffic violations in the past.

 

 

 

 

That's when the Mazda swerved towards him. Hendrickson said he flew off his motorcycle and hit the side window, smashing the glass. 

Deputies said the Mazda appears to be a grey Mazda 3 hatchback, with a large white decal on the back window.

Anyone with information related to the incident, vehicle or possible driver is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4317.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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