Woman Falls Out Of Pickup Truck During Road Rage Battle With Big Rig, Arrest Made
Benton County, Indiana – A motorist was arrested after a road rage battle with a big rig along U.S. 41 left a woman severely injured when she fell out of his pickup truck.
Police say 24-year-old Austin Nelson, of Goodland, was behind-the-wheel and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Haley Spurlock, also of Goodland, was in the passenger seat of Nelson’s pickup truck last Sunday when they became angry at a truck driver.
The couple was traveling southbound along U.S. 41 sometime before 2 p.m. when witnesses say Nelson’s pickup truck began swerving between lanes to keep a big rig from passing.
Investigators say Spurlock called 9-1-1 shortly before 2 p.m. to report that a semi-truck driver had damaged the back window of Nelson’s truck, though she did not specify how.
Authorities told Spurlock to have Nelson pull over and wait for an officer, but Nelson did not stop, according to police.
Further, eyewitnesses reported seeing Spurlock hanging out of the passenger side window motioning to the big rig driver to pull over, investigators said.
This continued until Spurlock fell from the pickup truck and into the shoulder, according to police.
Authorities say she was taken to an Illinois hospital and then transferred again to another hospital for emergency treatment of a “traumatic head injury.”
Investigators say nothing they have discovered so far links the broken back window on Nelson’s truck to the semi-truck driver or the semi-truck.
Nelson was arrested for criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury and obstruction of traffic.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
(Image shared courtesy of Austin Nelson/Facebook)
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