A road rage incident appears to have turned into a fatal car accident on Saturday in Santa Rosa. Authorities say that Santa Rosa drivers were alarmed when they saw a female driver apparently trying to chase down a motorcyclist Saturday afternoon on Fulton and Hall Streets. Witnesses say that the woman was driving recklessly and sideswiped a Lexus while attempting to catch up with the motorcyclist.
The panicked Lexus occupants watched as the woman appeared to attempt to hit the motorcyclist in front of her as they sped on Hall Road. The woman allegedly accelerated to hit the motorcyclist, but he moved out of the way causing the woman to hit a 1969 Triumph Spitfire convertible which flipped over and burst into flames.
The Spitfire flipped over and landed on its roof. Witnesses say that they could hear the Santa Rosa driver screaming as his vehicle burst into flames and burned him alive. The deceased car driver is suspected of being a 55-year-old Santa Rosa man, but he was so badly disfigured by the crash that he has to be identified using his dental records according to the Press Democrat.
Bay City News reports that the motorcyclist was the Santa Rosa woman's ex-boyfriend. They allegedly had an argument shortly before the high-speed chase. Police are not releasing his name because he is potentially a victim of domestic violence.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, gross negligence and reckless driving.
Source: The Press Democrat, "Santa Rosa woman arrested in fiery fatal collision on Hall Road," Randi Rossman, July 16, 2012