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FHP Charges Driver in Tampa Road Rage Hit and Run

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The man said he should kill the other driver in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – The Florida Highway Patrol arrested an Apollo Beach man this morning (May 14) in connection with a road rage hit and run crash that happened Friday (May 12).

Eric Joseph Starowicz, 26, of Apollo Beach, was arrested at his home. Troopers said they charged him with burglary of a conveyance, driving while license suspended, and leaving the scene of a crash. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

The crash happened about 11:44 a.m. 11:44 on the I-4 entrance ramp from 21st Street east of the I-275 interchange. Troopers said a blue jeep was traveling west a white van driven by James Nathaniel Robinson, 34, of Tampa. Troopers said the van slowed to merge into another lane when the Jeep passed, moved in front of the van and suddenly stopped.

Unable to avoid a collision, the van collided with the rear of the Jeep, resulting in a minor crash. After the crash, troopers said the Jeep’s driver, later identified as Starowicz, got out of his vehicle, walked over to the van and using an unknown object, shattered the driver’s window.

Road Rage | Florida Highway Patrol | ArrestsEric Joseph Starowicz | Florida Highway Patrol | ArrestsRoad Rage | Florida Highway Patrol | ArrestsStarowicz told Robinson that he should kill him right then, troopers said. Without further action, Starowicz returned to the Jeep and fled westbound on I-4.

Troopers located at his home about 8:45 a.m. today and arrested him.

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Booking photo of Eric Joseph Starowicz courtesy of the Hillsborough County Jail. Other photos and screenshots from a bystander’s video courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.

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