One Wagga resident was lucky to escape serious injury after a tailgate incident turned into a road-rage nightmare, police say.
The 24-year-old woman was driving west down Kooringal Road before 4pm on Thursday afternoon, when she became concerned about a vehicle travelling “too close” behind.
Local area command duty officer Nigel Turney said after stopping at a roundabout, the woman got out of her car to record the registration of the “tailgater”, who allegedly sped away, turned around and drove at her.
A 40-year-old man reportedly hit the young woman, trapping her legs and forcing her body onto the bonnet of his vehicle.
Acting Inspector Turney said the man continued driving a further 15-metres until the woman rolled to the bitumen.
The 24-year old was treated for minor injuries to her legs and lower back but Inspector Turney said it could have been a lot worse if she had hit her head.
“We’ve seen what happens when bike riders hit their heads on bitumen when they’re not wearing helmets,” Inspector Turney said.
“It’s fortunate she wasn’t seriously injured.”
While investigations are continuing, Inspector Turney said the driver could face charges relating to “dangerous driving”, “failing to stop” and “possible assault”.
He said the whole situation was dangerous and stupid.
“If people are concerned about someone’s driving, don’t confront them,” he said.
“You don’t know how someone is going to react or how the situation will escalate.”