Police seek driver in ‘road rage’ hit and run

RCMP in Whitehorse are looking for a man involved in a hit-and-run crash in the downtown on Saturday.

RCMP in Whitehorse are looking for a man involved in a hit-and-run crash in the downtown on Saturday.

Police say they are investigating both drivers in the crash that began around 1:30 p.m. on Second Avenue.

A man driving a 2000 Dodge Ram is accused of cutting off a woman in a 2010 Kia Forte. The Kia then followed the Dodge south on Second Ave.

Cpl. Natasha Dunmall says heated words and hand gestures were exchanged.

At one point the driver of the Dodge reportedly got out of his vehicle to confront the driver of the Kia.

The Kia then drove away, with the Dodge following, at which point the Kia suddenly braked and the cars crashed.

By the time the ambulance arrived, the man in the Dodge had driven off.

The two people in the Kia were treated on scene for minor injuries.

Police are asking the driver of the Dodge to come forward and give them his version of events.

“There’s obviously a sense of stress and frustration involved with both drivers participating to some degree,” Dunmall said.

“We know the information that was provided to us by the Kia driver. However, we’re not entirely sure what the version of events from the Dodge driver’s point of view is.”

Both drivers are being investigated, Dunmall said. She couldn’t say whether the Kia driver hit the brakes intentionally when they braked suddenly.

“The actions of both drivers didn’t take into account other people using Second Avenue,” she said. “You’re in a high traffic area.”

Dunmall encouraged drivers to keep their cool.

“Obviously you can become frustrated by another driver, and the definition of road rage is to have that uncontrolled anger essentially,” she said.

“But you’ve also taken on the responsibilities of driving that vehicle. So don’t participate in it, don’t become a two-year-old behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

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