The woman from Lakeland, Florida, who does not want her name used and is known as "Florida Driver," was driving along U.S. 41 near Tampa on Monday when when she noticed a pickup truck tailgating her. The amateur videographer then took out her phone and began recording the incident.
The video shows the truck tailgating her before passing her on the right. The driver "flips her the bird" when his truck is along side her car. He then pulls in front of her and loses control of the truck. He crosses several lanes before crashing into a utility pole. As she passes the crash scene, the woman can be heard laughing and yelling, "That's what you get, all on video buddy."
The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene.
The woman later uploaded the video to YouTube under the title of "Instant Karma." It is also known as "Redneck Road Rage." On the YouTube posting she wrote
, "This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn't pull over because there were trucks in the right lane and I sure as heck wasn't going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were..." The woman was in the left lane because she was about to make a left turn.
She later said
, "Honestly, looking back, I feel kind of bad for laughing. But at the same time, it's kind of funny." As to the driver becoming an instant star in a viral video, she said, "None of us are good drivers. We all have our problems. Maybe this is his opportunity for growth. Maybe he can use this as a learning tool and not go off the rails next time."
Although it is illegal in Florida to use a handheld phone while driving, the Florida Highway Patrol thanked Florida Driver for giving them the video. Without it, they would not have been able to obtain the truck's license plate. On Wednesday, Jeffrey Travis White
, 33, of Tampa, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, and failing to wear a seat belt. White has previous convictions for battery and possession of marijuana.
Although Florida Driver only posted the video so her co-workers could see it, it has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.