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Man injured following ‘road rage’ incident along Highway 160

A couple on vacation from the Netherlands experienced a fit of road rage at the hands of a motorist on Monday, leaving one man injured.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin McNeal said the couple, traveling eastbound on Bell Vista Road at Highway 160, and a Pahrump man traveling westbound on Bell Vista, were both attempting to merge onto 160 in opposite directions.

He noted the couple had the right of way.

“These folks were driving in from Death Valley,” he said. “They were stopped at the stop sign at Bell Vista and 160 looking to turn right. Another vehicle was stopped opposite of them westbound on Bell Vista at the stop sign. Traffic was clear for them and they pulled out and the other driver apparently didn’t like it.”

McNeal said once both vehicles were traveling southbound on 160, the unknown suspect followed the silver Chrysler minivan into the entrance of Horizon Market at Highway 160 and Mesquite Avenue.

He noted that’s when the trouble began.

“He followed the couple to Horizon Market where he got out of his vehicle, picked up a large rock and threw it at the driver’s side window of the van,” he said. “Nye County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for that suspect vehicle to try to find the perpetrator. He did flee the scene into town.”

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue medics were dispatched to the scene, as the driver of the minivan was hit by the rock after shattering the driver’s side window.

“He’s going to be okay,” McNeal said. “He did say the rock hit him in the head, but he will be okay. They don’t want to ruin their vacation any more than they have to.”

The injured man indicated that the other driver was tailgating his vehicle once both were on Highway 160 driving into the heart of town.

He pulled into the Horizon Market in order to speak with the enraged suspect.

“He just got out of his vehicle, picked up a big rock and threw it at me,” the man explained. “I don’t know what I did wrong. The police said I had the right of way. I just don’t understand it.”

The Nye County Sheriff’s office has yet to release a description of the suspect vehicle.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com

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