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Double amputee says he was the target of a road rage incident

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 19:06:22-04

Four years ago Bob Bennett lost his left leg to diabetes complications.  One month ago he lost his right leg and last week his independence was taken. 

Bennett says while driving near Harrison and Giles last Thursday evening a white pickup truck cut him off.  He slammed on his hand brakes to avoid a collision. 

“I go what's your problem, what did I do to you? So he threw it in reverse and rammed me,” said Bob Bennett.

After hitting the front of Bennett’s handicap accessible van, the older model dodge pickup drove off.  He noticed there was no back license plate and wanted to check the front. 

“I was leaning back and just about the time I got to where I could see the end of the bumper, I could see out of the corner of my eye he was moving the steering wheel and then he slammed me,” said Bennett.

The impact pushed Bennett’s van into the median and into oncoming traffic where it collided with another car. 

“It was horrible.  There were air bags, fluids spilled, it was one of the craziest things I’d ever seen,” said witness Jared Bauer.

Jared Bauer watched the crash from his motorcycle.

“The driver burnt out and went up the street.  I was like this guy is running away,” said Bauer.

Bauer called 911 while following the truck.  At one point the truck reversed in an attempt to hit the motorcyclist.  Bauer says he had to stop following the truck when it went down a gravel road. 

“When I found out that somebody chased after him I thought well there is still hope for mankind,” said Bennett.

Bennett had no idea that someone had followed after the truck until his daughter stumbled upon a Facebook post days after the accident. 

“It was kind of a hard conversation.  I felt bad for the guy, I gave him a lot of details, details he didn't have,” said Bauer. 

The two men who were once strangers have now made it their mission to find the driver responsible. 

“This individual needs to be gotten off the road, he is going to kill somebody,” said Bennett.

Bennett’s insurance does not cover the crash.  A GoFundMe page has been started to help him get a new vehicle.  You can head here to donate https://www.gofundme.com/2cgfq2zw