Victim speaks after being rear-ended, spit on and punched in Miami road rage incident

Police are investigating a Miami road rage incident after cell phone video showed a driver rear-ending a sedan with a Jeep and then getting out to punch the other driver as her passenger joins in.

MIAMI – Police are investigating a Miami road rage incident after cell phone video showed a driver rear-ending a sedan with a Jeep and then getting out to punch the other driver as her passenger joins in.

The video, posted to the “Only in Dade” Twitter account, shows a white Jeep rear-ending a silver Volkswagen Jetta at the intersection of Northwest 14th Street and Northwest 12th Avenue in Miami Tuesday afternoon. The edited video jumps to show the Jeep driver exiting the vehicle to confront and punch the Jetta driver, while her male passenger joins in.

“I was absolutely helpless,” victim Tanner Mann told Local 10.

Mann said things were tense long before the crash, saying he wasn’t exiting the highway because the Jeep driver was making a point to change lanes every time he changed lanes. But he said he had no choice but to stop at the intersection.

“When I stopped, they hit me from behind, reversed and hit me again,” he said. “The guy got out of the car, ran around the side of the car and spit in my face.”

Mann said the passenger of the Jeep kicked the driver side door before the passerby shot the footage. He said after the confrontation, he was able to take pictures of the Jeep’s license plates, which appear to be from New Jersey. Mann said taking the license plate photo further enraged the Jeep passenger further.

“When the passenger saw me take the picture, he immediately jumped out and came at me again,” Mann said. “He actually ripped my shorts trying to get to my phone.”

Miami police detectives said they are investigating the case but no arrests have been made as of Wednesday evening.

The victim said he suffered minor injuries after the incident.

“My neck is pretty stiff today and I have a cut on my index finger and I have a bruise on my ear from one of the punches,” Mann said.


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Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.

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