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Spring Hill road rage crash leaves two women injured, one in jail

SPRING HILL — Two women driving pickup trucks along a busy road in Hernando County were involved in a road rage incident Tuesday afternoon that left both injured and one in jail.

Misty Rummel, 35, of Spring Hill told deputies she was traveling east on Hearth Road in a 1998 Ford F-150 when she was cut off by a driver who ran a stop sign while leaving the Sweetbay Supermarket on Mariner Boulevard.

Rummel said that when the other vehicle, a 1992 GMC pickup driven by Gail Sievers, 57, of Spring Hill turned into a gas station at Mariner and Hearth, she followed it and told the other driver, "I hope you get a flat tire for running that stop sign."

As Rummel left the station, Sievers drove after her, squealing her tires and tailgating her at a high speed, according to the sheriff's report and witness accounts.

Rummel said she pulled into the Sweetbay lot and tried to call 911 on her cell phone, just as Sievers crashed into the rear of her truck. The report noted there was no indication Sievers tried to brake before the impact.

Rummel said she got out of her truck, realized she was unhurt, and went to check on Sievers. Rummel, who said she is retired from the medical field, said Sievers appeared to be unconscious so she tried to stabilize her head until emergency services arrived.

Both women were taken to Oak Hill Hospital. Sievers had a minor cut on her forehead, bruising to her left hand and a sprained right ankle, the report states. Rummel said she felt a pop in her lower back.

Five witnesses gave similar accounts of the incident, including that Sievers was driving erratically and nearly struck a pedestrian as she chased Rummel's truck into the parking lot.

Sievers told investigators she had taken some prescription medication and had two beers before she drove her truck. She said that after buying strawberries at Sweetbay she got into an accident, but she was very vague in her statements, would not provide a sworn written statement and was uncooperative with the deputies, the report states.

After being medically cleared, Sievers was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and taken to the Hernando County Jail where she was held on $10,000 bail.

Greg Hamilton can be reached at hamilton@sptimes.com or at (352)754-6113.

Spring Hill road rage crash leaves two women injured, one in jail 03/31/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 8:22pm]
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