Road rage incident in York County sends teen to hospital

Posted at 8:17 PM, Mar 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-11 20:17:14-04

York County, Va. - A drive down Route 60 and Bypass Road Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg turned into a violent case of road rage that sent a teen to the hospital.

According to the York Poquoson Sheriff's Office, it started with the suspect tailgating the victim's car.

“The victim did a little bit of brake checking, which we don't recommend, you know putting on your brakes and trying to get him off his tail,” says Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson’s Sheriff’s Office.

He didn't back off and the situation escalated.

After driving for a few miles, both pulled into a parking lot at the James York Plaza on Merrimac Trail.

They got out of their cars and that's when the suspect assaulted the other driver.

A 19-year-old went to the hospital.

Though deputies say his injuries were not severe, they could have been.

“Road rage incidents have become very dangerous. People carry weapons sometimes,” says Ivey.

That's why the sheriff's office is hoping others learn from what happened and call for help instead of confronting someone.

“We never like to blame the victims, but don't make yourself an easy victim,” says Ivey.

The sheriff's office is still working to find the suspect in this case.

If you know anything about what happened or who the suspect might be, call the CrimeLine at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.