Family, police and perfect strangers are working to find a man in a red truck who allegedly pursued a 24-year-old Dublin woman east on Highway 24 after she honked at him Wednesday, eventually using his vehicle to force her off the freeway.
The resultant crash, reported as it happened on our Facebook page, brought bystanders and neighbors living near Second Street in Lafayette on the run.
“Her car flew in the air, hit two trees with one actually coming up out of ground and cracking, and her car landed upside down,” said Robin Smith, who ran to the crash site with her two teen sons after hearing a “terrible crunching sound.”
Smith and her sons reached the car along with another man they said came running down off the freeway. The car, she said, was on its roof on an access road adjacent to the freeway. Smith and others pulled the driver from the wreckage.
“Police said hitting that tree probably saved her life,” Smith said. “People reported that a guy in a red truck was chasing her… and took off (after the crash).”
The Dublin resident survived the 12:40 p.m. crash and is “banged up, but hanging in there and doing well considering that fall,” according to a relative contacting this site Thursday.
He said the victim explained that the incident started when the man in the truck cut her off in the Caldecott Tunnel, and she honked at him.
“He took the honk very aggressively and started harassing her and using very vulgar hand gestures,” the woman’s brother said. “She was constantly trying to get away but was unable to. As she got in front of him, he was on her tail soon to force her off the road leading to the fall.”
Reports of a moving altercation between the pair have filtered into this site since the crash, with some people giving different versions of the moments leading up to the crash. A license number for the driver of the truck was reportedly relayed to CHP investigators on Friday, though it is not known if he has been contacted.
The family is looking for witnesses and a cell phone they said the victim used to record some of the incident. It was lost in the accident with neighbors and family members searching the crash site Thursday for sign of it, some pictured using metal detectors during the course of their search.
Witnesses said the driver of the red truck stopped the vehicle after the crash, watched for a few seconds and then drove off. Anyone who witnessed the crash or who happened to get the license plate number for the truck is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol.