Road-rage incident near Yorba Linda caught on cellphone video

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (KABC) -- Cellphone video shows a man in a dark gray Toyota get out and look at damage to his back bumper after being hit from behind by a big rig on the westbound 91 Freeway near Yorba Linda nearly a week ago

"I came out of the car and looked and waved at him. 'What's wrong with you? Why are you pushing me?'", said the victim, who out of fear for his safety only wants to be identified as Ray.

The video shot on Sept. 8 shows Ray getting back into his car. Ten seconds later, the truck hits him a second time.

"I'm hitting the horn. My car is in park. The brakes are fully down," Ray said.

The truckers' actions caught the attention of another driver, Bob, whose passenger recorded the incident and provided the video to Eyewitness News.

"I can't believe his behavior... Wow," the witness is heard saying on the video as the truck hits the victims' car a third time.

"Totally scared that we probably [get] crushed between the two trucks," Ray said.

He says he felt helpless as the truck pushed he and his wife into the truck in front of them.

He says the lift gate on the truck in front of him was the only thing keeping them from being crushed underneath.

"What's on my mind is that the driver of the truck had to be a little off his rocker," said Bob, a witness in a nearby car who spoke with Eyewitness News by phone. "It was a clear case of road rage."

At one point, the truck driver waves his arm out of the window as Ray tries to move to another lane. He says they made it to the side of the road where California Highway Patrol officers were handling an unrelated accident, and they took an accident report.

"He just said, 'I didn't see you.' That's what he said," Ray said.

The truck company, Agricomm Express Inc, did not respond to Eyewitness News' request for comment.

After being shown the video, CHP said they plan to re-investigate the matter to see if it was, in fact, a case of road rage.

"The video will re-open the investigation and what will come out of that or what charges may come out of it, I don't know," CHP Officer Paul Fox said.

All parties involved will be re-interviewed, CHP said.

Ray said the estimate for repairs to his car will cost more than $4,000, but he is grateful that neither he or his wife were injured.
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