TERRIFYING ROAD RAGE FOR WONGA BEACH COUPLE
A WONGA couple has revealed the “petrifying” attempt by a rogue driver who tried to run them off the road in wet conditions.
Margaret and Roy Fleming were driving home from Mossman on Tuesday night at 7.15pm, when another driver took issue with their speed of 80km/h in a 100km/h zone.
Mrs Fleming, who was driving, said there had just been torrential rain so she was being cautious. “It was too wet,” she said. “I normally do the speed limit; I know what it’s like to be stuck behind somebody who’s not. It can be frustrating.”
But that wasn’t any excuse for what came next. Halfway to Wonga another driver came up behind them in a hurry.
“Then, all of a sudden, these lights came up quite close behind us,” she said.
“They had their high beams on and spotlights, right behind me. Then they sped past and I just flashed my light once to say ‘you shouldn’t be having your high beams on’.”
That turned out to be a mistake, with the driver stopping dead in the middle of the road.
The Flemings drove around the other motorist, who gestured at them and shouted.
“I thought, I’m not stopping behind this maniac,” said Mrs Fleming, who was able to get a fair way up the road before the other driver caught up and rammed them.
“Roy said just put your foot down and go. Then, all of a sudden, these bright lights came closer and closer and he rammed into the back of us.”
She said that there was no chance they were going to stop to find out what the other driver wanted, as Mr Fleming described the conditions as dark with nobody else around.
Luckily their car wasn’t pushed off the road, but the crazed driver followed them all the way back to Wonga.
Mrs Fleming said it took a minute to compose herself and called the police after they thought they were in the clear.
“Absolutely petrified. I was shaking from it.”
The Flemings described the other car as an older-model Toyota LandCruiser, cream coloured with round headlights and spotlights on the front. The vehicle may have damage at the front from the Fleming vehicle’s tow bar.
Mr Fleming said it was lucky there was no further damage or injuries.
“We could have been killed. We’re so grateful that we’re still here to tell the story.”
Snr Sgt Matty Smith of Mossman Police said police were investigating, and wanted to “highlight that road rage behaviour will not be tolerated and perpetrators can expect police to investigate and take action to the full extent of their powers. “We encourage victims not to retaliate but to gather information that could lead to a successful investigation, including vehicle registration and driver description.”
Anyone with information that could help is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Roy Fleming shows the damage to his car rammed by another driver between Mossman and Wonga on Tuesday.