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Driver hurls banana in Pinellas road rage incident, gets gunfire in return

Robert Kyle Lewis, 34, was arrested after firing his weapon into the other vehicle along U.S. 19, Pinellas Park police said.
 
Robert Kyle Lewis, 34, was arrested by police Wednesday morning. They say he fired a bullet into another vehicle in a road rage incident.
Robert Kyle Lewis, 34, was arrested by police Wednesday morning. They say he fired a bullet into another vehicle in a road rage incident. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published May 20, 2021|Updated May 20, 2021

PINELLAS PARK — A Largo man faces charges for firing a handgun at another driver on U.S. 19, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

The shooting happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday in the highway’s 7500 block, police said.

Robert Kyle Lewis, 34, was arrested by police and faces one count of shooting a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle and one count of criminal mischief.

The shooting stemmed from a road rage argument between Lewis and 29-year-old Peter Sala Jr. on the highway, police said. The argument started as a verbal altercation but escalated after Sala threw a banana and struck the pickup truck being driven by Lewis.

Lewis reacted by pulling out a gun and firing into Sala’s vehicle, police said. The bullet shattered the front passenger window and lodged into the vehicle’s dashboard.

Sala had a laceration in his leg from the shattered glass.

Lewis was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He was released after posting a $12,000 bail.