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Road rage incident leaves KPD looking for answers, seeking public's help

September 9th, 2013 2:58 pm by Nick Shepherd

Road rage incident leaves KPD looking for answers, seeking public's help

Kingsport police are seeking two motorcyclists, one who punched a mirror off a car and caused both motorcycles to wreck, for a road rage incident. 

The incident began on the evening of Sept. 6 when the victim was traveling southbound on North Eastman Road near Spring Street. 

Two motorcycles approached the victim, driving a Ford Expedition, from behind and raced past him. According to the KPD, the victim was "shocked" at the recklessness and made a gesture toward the drivers by sticking his hand out the window. 

The motorcyclists then slowed down to allow the victim to catch back up with them, according to the police report. When both motorcycles pulled alongside the vehicle, one reached out and punched the driver's side rearview mirror, which caused the glass and plastic housing to shatter. 

Because the driver punched the mirror, he lost control of his bike, swerved into the door of the Expedition and overturned. The motorcycle hit the front wheel of the Expedition and slid across the road, straight into the other motorcycle driver. The other bike also overturned and slid across the road. 

The victim went back to check on the motorcycle drivers. One had gotten back on the bike and rode away while the other pushed his bike into the parking lot of a restaurant. 

Shortly before the crash, KPD had received reports of motorcycles matching the description traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. A KPD officer observed the bikes on East Stone Drive, one reportedly performing a wheelie at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, but was unable to stop the motorcycles due to heavy traffic and the bikes high rate of speed, the report stated. 

The motorcycles are described as sport or racing style bikes. One is painted black with green flames and the other is painted bright yellow. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information regarding the identity of the riders is asked to contact the KPD at 423-229-9429.

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