ST. PETERSBURG — For the second time in two days, a road rage incident has left a woman hospitalized.
A 39-year-old woman was driving near Second Avenue South and Second Street at about 10 p.m. Thursday when a pickup truck pulled behind her and the driver honked at her, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.
The truck driver then pulled in front of her, slamming on his brakes and causing the woman to do the same.
When the vehicles stopped at a red light at Fourth Avenue South and Fourth Street, the woman approached the truck driver ahead of her to ask him what his problem was, Puetz said.
The truck driver grabbed her arm through his window and drove ahead, running the red light as he dragged the woman about 50 feet, Puetz said. When he let go, the truck’s rear tire ran over the woman’s right arm, Puetz said.
She was transported to a hospital and was expected to have surgery, Puetz said.
The pickup truck is described as an older model Toyota Tacoma, beige or silver, Puetz said. The driver has not been identified.
On Tuesday, two St. Petersburg women dragged another woman out of her car on 34th Street South and beat her after she honked her horn at them to avoid a collision. The women each were charged with one count of burglary with battery.
The driver also was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle for bumping into the victim’s car.
The victim, 61, of St. Petersburg, was treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital and released.