Teen driver targeted in road rage incident

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 20:35:09-04

Scary moments on the road for two teenagers were caught on tape over the weekend.

Three law enforcement agencies are searching for a driver that caused the wreck these teens say they're grateful to walk away from.

The young couple says it started with a red Dodge pickup riding their bumper on Highway 62 in Muskogee.

Before they knew it, the driver rammed them, flinging their car across the highway and into the guardrail.

Like those people said in the video, 'like we're about to see a murder.' It's scary to hear that and think it could've been,” said 17-year-old Gracie Bottger.

A witness on the road captured the terrifying moments on camera. The video shows a pickup truck tailgating 18-year-old Noah Wilson and his girlfriend Gracie before pushing them aside.

He just hit us and then didn't quit pushing us until we got into the grass,” said Wilson.

I feel like it was more of a fight or flight response,” said Bottger. “You're not really thinking clearly at the moment. You're thinking, ‘how can I get out of this’.”

Video shows their car narrowly missing another vehicle and ramming into the guardrail. Inside, the airbags exploded, injuring both Gracie and Noah.

I probably would've sped up and got around the guy a lot quicker if I would've known something this bad and someone could be that much of a jerk to do this,” said Wilson.

Police say they believe the driver is in his late 20s or early 30s and pulled into a convenience store to assess the damage to his truck not long after.

Officers are working on getting that surveillance from the store in hopes of identifying the driver.

Meanwhile, thousands have now viewed the video online. 

Wilson and Bottger say they'll drive a little more defensively from now on, with a new perspective and gratitude to be alive.

The person in front of you has a family. The person in front of you has a life,” said Bottger. “I mean, you're not the only person in the world that matters.”


If you have any information on the driver, you're asked to call Muskogee police.

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