A witness recorded the incident that left a man with broken bones.
SARASOTA — A motorcycle rider struck by a car Sunday said the incident began when the car's driver "brake-checked" him and threw metal pieces out the window.
Darin Hendrickson, who was out for a cruise on his 2008 GSRX 1000 Suzuki, said he was struck by the metal, which damaged his bike, and gestured at the driver of a gray Mazda 3 hatchback to pull over.
The driver did not respond to his signals as the two drivers drove side-by-side on southbound Beneva Road beginning at Bahia Vista Street.
A family that witnessed the incident a few car lengths behind them recorded the altercation on a cellphone.
"I was pelted with a bunch of metal," Hendrickson said. "Before the video started he threw a quarter or change and hit me and my motorcycle and put some damage to the motorcycle. You see me following him to a stopping point to get his information or get him to pull over."
When the vehicles approached a red light at Beneva and Webber Street, Hendrickson neared the center line, and the driver of the car — without signaling — veered into the right-hand lane and collided with the sports bike rider near Riviera Drive.
Hendrickson, who was wearing a helmet, was knocked off his bike and appeared to be dragged briefly by the car.
"I was in absolutely shock," Hendrickson said. "My 1-year-old son started flashing through my face. I thought I can't die right now."
The driver did not stop to help Hendrickson, who got to his feet and stumbled toward the witnesses recording the crash.
"Follow him, follow him, please, please, please," pleaded Hendrickson to the family who had a young child in the backseat. They did not pursue the car.
Hendrickson said he has broken ribs and staples and some cuts and bruises from the road.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. They are asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle involved in the "aggravated battery incident." Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 941-861-4317.
According to the Sheriff's Office, they were alerted to a road rage incident Sunday at 5 p.m. near Beneva and Riviera.
Hendrickson said he lost his only mode of transportation.
"I want justice served," he said. "I'm absolutely astonished I'm still walking right now."