The driver who was involved in a motorcycle road rage incident in Sarasota on Sunday evening was arrested on Tuesday night.
Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla, 30, who police identified as an illegal immigrant, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and aggravated battery. His bond has been set at $10,000.
Detectives arrested Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla, 30, of Sarasota, in connection with the road rage video that went viral earlier this week. Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/cakAX7MP8t
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The crash happened near the intersection of Beneva Road and Riviera Drive in Sarasota on Sunday evening. A video of the accident went viral on social media after a witness recorded it as it happened. The video showed the motorcyclist changing lanes and driving alongside a Mazda when he motioned for the car to pull over, swinging his arms toward the vehicle. The motorcyclist said the driver of the Mazda was throwing change at him. The Mazda eventually swerved toward the motorcyclist, hitting him and throwing him off of his bike.
The motorcyclist, Darin Hendrickson, told ABC Action News he was taken to the hospital for a hyperextended knee, possible fractured ribs and severe road rash.
"I really just don't understand it, how a human can do that to another human," he said, "it just doesn't sit right with me."
According to the sheriff's office, detectives quickly located the vehicle on Tuesday, hidden along Lime Avenue in Sarasota. The vehicle was stripped of its tag, all four doors and windows.
Detectives identified the driver as Medrano-Bonilla. Through text messages gathered on his cell phone, detectives learned he was planning to destroy the vehicle to avoid criminal charges.
Medrano-Bonilla, born in El Salvador, is an illegal alien who entered the United States through Texas.
The sheriff’s office is in communication with ICE to determine next steps.