March 21, 2018

Angry motorists attack driver accused of hit-and-run accident

13 March 2018, 07:51 | Israel Caldwell

Watch: Driver Flees Car Crash Despite Sledgehammer Being Swung At Him

Hit-and-run driver tried to get away — then a man took out a sledge hammer, video shows | Miami Herald

He attempts to flee the scene of the crash several times but each attempt is blocked by witnesses in the area.

There were no injuries, according to Miami police, who advised motorists not to try to stop hit-and-run drivers. In the end, however, he makes it out of the scene only to be found by the police later. "(Don't move!"). The man stood near the wheels of the vehicle and the driver then proceeded to accelerate.

Despite repeated attempts of the people to get the driver to stop and get out of the vehicle, the driver ignores them and continues to accelerate.

With its front grille and a side quarter panel dangling like detached appendages, cellphone video shows the SUV apparently trying to leave the scene.

The driver remains obstinate in his resolve to leave and refuses to budge from the vehicle.

Then, a man wearing a dark shirt, khaki cargo shorts and black shoes with white socks gets out of a vehicle and uses a sledgehammer or mallet to smash the SUV's windows.

Officers told Local10 that they don't encourage drivers or other people to try to stop someone from leaving the scene of an accident.

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The driver was later taken into custody though, at which point a cop remarked that he looked "to be high on narcotics".

City of Miami police later confirmed that they'd caught the Infiniti driver and arrested him on a number of (unspecified) charges. The picture shows an image of a damaged vehicle.

Video obtained by Local 10 shows a silver Infiniti trying to back up and flee the scene after driving onto oncoming traffic.

"That's insane", witness Anthony Jimenez told WPLG.

The arrest report added that Lagutenko failed to stop at the crash scene and continued traveling northbound in the southbound lanes along Biscayne Boulevard.

However, Jimenez conceded that taking out a sledgehammer might have crossed the line.

Regarding the behaviour of the Inifiniti driver, witness Anthony Jimenez said: "That's insane".

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