According to WTSP-TV, another motorist said a group of bikers were run off the road by the driver. And when the bikers caught up with the driver, WTSP said the other motorist started videotaping the altercation.
The now-viral video shows the bikers and the driver apparently arguing in traffic lanes in the town of Lutz when the driver takes the disagreement to an outrageous level.
He’s seen turning his car to the right, running over Navy veteran Joe Calderazzo and his passenger, who were thrown from the motorcycle —
— and peeling away from the scene.
Here’s the clip:
“I thought the guy was trying to kill us, obviously,” Calderazzo told WTSP on the phone as he was headed to the hospital to get his leg looked at. “Is he going to put the car in reverse? Is he going to turn around? Is he going to stop and pull out a gun? You don’t know what’s going on.”
Calderazzo and his passenger were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, WTSP said. His passenger was identified as Melanie Ann Milinkovich, WFLA-TV reported.
Police caught up to the driver and arrested him, WTSP said. He’s been indentified as Robert Paul Vance, 31, of Land O’ Lakes, which is about seven minutes north of where the incident occurred.
Vance is being held without bond and is facing one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, WFLA reported. Florida Highway Patrol told the station Vance is classified as a habitual traffic offender.
Vance has a long rap sheet, WFLA said, highlighted by two stints in state prison as well as convictions for drug, burglary and felony traffic charges out of Brevard County.