A driver fired shots at another car in an apparent road rage incident Tuesday night on Interstate 275 in north Hillsborough County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The highway patrol received a call at about 8 p.m. from a 19-year-old Tampa man who said his 2004 Dodge Neon was cut off by a gold Cadillac CTS while the cars merged onto northbound I-275 from Fletcher Avenue.
The Dodge continued in the highway’s center lane while the Cadillac traveled in the outside lane as they approached Bearss Avenue, FHP said. The driver of the Dodge then attempted to change to the outside lane, failed to see the Cadillac and accidently cut that vehicle off, FHP said.
The Dodge’s driver told investigators the Cadillac began to tailgate him. He also told FHP that he reduced his speed to encourage the Cadillac to stop tailgating. He said both vehicles then paralleled each other and the drivers exchanged angry hand gestures, according to FHP.
The driver of the Cadillac yelled at the Dodge’s driver before firing two rounds into the Dodge, troopers said. The two drivers then separated before the Dodge’s driver called authorities at State Road 54 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to file a complaint.
During an investigation, troopers located a spent round in the side of the Dodge.
“He was shot at,” FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said. “We recovered a bullet from his vehicle.”
FHP cautions drivers to avoid a road rage incident by maintaining composure while driving, not making eye contact with another driver, never making an obscene gesture towards the driver and passengers of another vehicle and never use a vehicle to intimidate another driver.
Anyone with information concerning Tuesday night’s road rage should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or FHP at (813) 631-4020, referencing case FHPC14OFF001982.