JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - UPDATE, 4/15/19: The driver of the Chevrolet Suburban who was killed in the crash has been identified as 60-year-old James David Robinson.
The Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone who has additional information or video footage of the incident to contact FHP investigators at (904) 359-6572 or *FHP (*347).
Original story, 4/12/19:
A witness captured video that appears to show the moments leading up to a deadly, fiery crash that troopers say was caused by road rage.
The cellphone video shows a white Honda Civic and Chevrolet Suburban collide on the Buckman Bridge – and keep driving.
“It was definitely road rage,” Danny Powless said. “It was no love tap, it was full on ramming each other.”
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Powless and a co-worker were on their way home Thursday afternoon when they captured more video appearing to show the Suburban speeding past the Civic in an emergency lane.
Moments later, a fiery crash occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard at Avent Drive.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Suburban and Civic smashed into each other several times on U.S. 17 before the Suburban veered off the road into oncoming traffic.
Sky Action News Jax video shows the Suburban on its side.
Troopers say it caught fire killing the 60-year-old man inside.
Four other cars, including the Civic, were damaged. The 22-year-old driver of the Civic wasn’t seriously hurt, but a man in another car had serious injuries.
A Clay County man was inside this Dodge Durango with his father when they were involved in the five car crash on US-17 in Jacksonville yesterday.— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) April 12, 2019
Witnesses tell me two other cars were involved in a road rage incident before the pileup. A man was killed @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/tQUAlV6RkV
“When we got back home, as soon as we walked in the door, it was on the news, and we were like, 'Holy crap. That was us -- just right there at that,'” Powless said.
An FHP spokesperson said troopers believe the driver of the Suburban was the aggressor. He has not yet been identified.
Charges have not been filed. FHP said the investigation is ongoing.
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