Driver Suspected of Road Rage in Florida Arrested: ‘He Tried to Kill Me’

By Zack Stieber

A driver suspected of ramming a motorcyclist in Florida during a road rage incident has been arrested.

Sarasota County deputies said they arrested Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla, 30, on Tuesday, April 10. He is here illegally after arriving in the United States from El Salvador in 2014 and was unable to produce any kind of identification.

Deputies said he was charged with driving without a license and aggravated battery, as well as reckless driving and having an unregistered motor vehicle.

Video footage of the incident, which took place on Sunday, showed the driver of the vehicle run the motorcyclist off the road after the cyclist tried to get the driver to pull over.

“He just willingly knew what exactly he was doing. He tried to kill me and there is nothing that is going to change that,” Darin Hendrickson, the motorcyclist, told Fox 13.

“I think it’s fair to say that this victim is fortunate to be alive today,” Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, reported the Bradenton Herald.

Henrickson said that it’s a relief that the suspect is in custody.

“Complete relief, I didn’t have to look, I didn’t have to take matters in my own hands and this is just teaching me patience,” said Hendrickson.

Knight said Hendrickson will be cited in the incident as well.

Deputies found the vehicle behind the home of a friend of the suspect, stripped of its doors, windows, and tags.

Knight said that officials with the ICE may deport him.

“I don’t want him anymore. I’m hoping that some type of immigration reform is done so the citizens of my county can feel safe knowing this person or persons similar to him are not here anymore trying to run people off the road and kill them,” said Sheriff Knight.

Knight said Medrano-Bonilla claimed asylum at the border in 2014 and, because of the backlog of cases, was released until a court hearing scheduled for December 2019.

 

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