Road rage incident on Interstate 8 caught on camera

Posted at 6:16 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 21:16:45-04

SAN DIEGO - A road rage incident in Mission Valley that almost got out of control was recorded by another driver's smartphone.

It happened Saturday on the westbound side of Interstate 8 before the Texas Street exit, and El Centro-based insurance agent Alex Maeda told 10News, "It's just kind of scary, you know?"

Maeda was driving down I-8 with his family Saturday when he first noticed trouble in his rearview mirror.

"I saw this Nissan Versa from the back, getting in and out of lanes, passing cars and I said, 'Oh man, she's going to want to pass me. I'll move over to the right,'" said Maeda.

He said the woman driving the Nissan cut right between him and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

"She cut off the bike. She got between me and the bike, and then that's when I was like, 'Wow, that's kind of a messed up move,'" Maeda said.

Maeda added, "I can see her face. She had no tinted windows. She's all, 'Why didn't you let me in?' So he just backed off."

That's when Maeda said his wife picked up his smartphone and started recording video. The recording shows the silver Versa chase the motorcycle to the right across four lanes of traffic. The bike then goes back to the left and onto the shoulder. The small car almost collided with the bike on the shoulder. Instead, the woman almost came to a complete stop in the fast lane along I-8.

That's when Maeda blew his horn at the Nissan. He insisted the motorcyclist did not antagonize the car in any way.

Maeda called 911, and 10News confirmed the California Highway Patrol is aware of the video and incident.

10News was able to track down the owner of the Versa using her license plate. Two messages have not been returned. 10News is not releasing her identity because she has not been charged with a crime.

However, a CHP spokesman said the video looked like it was reckless driving, but no one has filed a formal complaint against the driver.

Maeda said he posted the video so that the motorcyclist could use it for any complaint. He also wanted everyone to remember to drive safely and aware of motorcyclists.