State police warn against interaction with aggressive drivers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man injured during a case of road rage is now in stable condition. A driver behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, ran him off the Powhite Parkway Thursday morning. That driver is still on the run.

Since our story aired, many of you have e-mailed us, about your experiences with aggressive drivers.

In his six years on the road, Virginia State Trooper Scott Bass said he's seen it all!

"We see people following too close, making multiple lane changes, traveling at a high rate of speed, or a combination of all three," said Trooper Bass.

Aggressive drivers come from all walks of life. The one excuse he hears over and over.

"For most people I stop they're running behind, they didn't leave enough time at the beginning of the day to get ready for work, so they're trying to make up time on the roadway," said Trooper Bass.

For some people, it's hard not to show frustration with a driver who cut you off! We asked our NBC12 Facebook fans what they do to avoid road rage. One woman posted, "slow down and let them go."

Trooper Bass said she has the right idea.

"Just move over a lane, try to take an exit, do something to get away from them," said Trooper Bass.

What you don't want to do is use obscene hand gestures, try to keep from glaring at the other driver and avoid honking the horn, it'll only make matters worse.

"The worst thing that can happen is your going to be in an accident," said Trooper Bass.

Richmond police don't know what sparked the aggression in Thursday's case of road rage on the Powhite Parkway. A 24-year-old man nearly lost his life.

Trooper Bass said if you find yourself in a similar situation don't hesitate to call police with the license plate, a description of the car, and the driver

"Please call because there might be somebody close by because that aggressive driver isn't going to do it to just one person, they're going to continue to do it down the road until they get to their destination," said Trooper Bass.

Police are still looking for the driver who caused Thursday's accident.

The suspect vehicle is a 2004 red Ford Ranger pickup with North Carolina plates YNM-8924.

It may have taken one of the Chippenham exits off the Powhite. If you spot it, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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