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St. Petersburg woman badly injured in road-rage attack

A St. Petersburg woman was seriously injured in a road-rage attack Wednesday night after another motorist dragged her through the street.

A 39-year-old woman noticed a truck was tailgating her just before 10 p.m. near Second Avenue S and Second Street, police said.

The truck's driver began honking and pulled in front of the woman before slamming on his brakes, police said. The woman stopped her car abruptly, then followed the man to a red light at Fourth Avenue S and Fourth Street.

The woman, who police have not yet identified, got out of her car and approached the man's window to talk about what had just happened, police said. He reached out, grabbed the woman's right arm and began to accelerate through the red light, dragging her about 50 feet.

He dropped her onto the pavement and she was hit by the truck's left tire.

She was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she was treated for severe injuries to her right arm, police said.

Police are searching for the man. He was driving an older model silver or beige Toyota Tacoma and was last seen entering westbound Interstate 175 at Fourth Street S.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify him. Tipsters can call (727) 893-7780, text a tip to (727) 420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at (727) 892-5000.

St. Petersburg woman badly injured in road-rage attack 04/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:46pm]
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