Abe Garcia sensed that something bad was about to happen when he saw a car cut off a motorcycle Monday night in Lutz, Fla., near Tampa.
So he had his cell phone ready and captured a scary moment of road rage that’s been watched more than 4 million times. The video, posted to his Facebook page, has been shared nearly 87,000 times.
“The guy driving the car was driving recklessly, like crazy out of control,” Garcia told WFTS in Tampa Bay.
“I saw him almost run one of the bikers over, like off the side of the road. So then the bikers caught up to him at a red light and words started exchanging, and then the guy went complete psychopath.”
Garcia can be heard on the video yelling at what happened next. The car slammed into the motorcycle, knocking the biker and a female passenger to the ground.
“I thought the guy was trying to kill us, obviously,” the biker, Joe Calderazzo, told WTSP in Tampa Bay.
“You know you don’t know what’s going through your mind. 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.”
Florida Highway Patrol officers arrested 31-year-old Robert Vance of Land O’Lakes, Fla., about five minutes after the incident. He faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and driving without a valid driver’s license.
WFLA reported that Vance is being held in jail without bond. Highway Patrol officials said Vance is classified as a habitual traffic offender.
Navy veteran Calderazzo and his passenger, who were out for a Memorial Day ride with other bikers, were taken to the hospital and are expected to be OK, reported local media.
“I knew something was going to go down... I didn’t know that extreme at all,” Garcia told WFTS. “But, people are crazy man. Anywhere your life could end instantly.”