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Santa Monica Road Rage Leads to Carjacking, Injured Victim in Wheelchair
By Jorge Casuso
June 12, 2017 -- A case of road rage in Santa Monica's congested Downtown Saturday took a bizarre turn when the angry driver's pickup was carjacked by a Texas woman while he argued with a bicyclist, according to police.
The incident -- which led to injuries to both the driver and a man in a wheelchair -- began on the 1500 block of Second Street near the Pier when the driver stopped his pick-up truck and got out to confront the bicyclist, according to police.
During the argument, the suspect -- identified as Loriana Christine Tippin from Texarcana -- "saw that the vehicle was left running and momentarily unattended," said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the police department spokesman.
The suspect got in and tried to make a getaway, Rodriguez said. The driver ran back to his truck and tried to stop her.
"As the suspect was executing a U-TURN to drive off, the victim and an additional unrelated second victim who was in his wheelchair was struck by the vehicle," Rodriguez said.
The suspect made no attempts to stop and continued to drive northbound on 2nd Street, he said.
Numerous witnesses intervened and an SMPD Traffic Service Officer stopped the suspect at 2nd Street and Broadway until officers arrived and took the suspect into custody, Rodriguez said.
Both the original driver of the truck and the victim in the wheelchair were treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics and transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Tippin, 37, was booked for carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license. She had two SMPD warrants. Bail was set at $125,000.Santa Monica Police have been conducting enforcement operations in an effort to curb accidents between motorists and bicyclists sharing Santa Monica's busy Downtown streets. The most recent took place last Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Santa Monica Police ask bicycle riders and motorists alike to be cautious and mindful of each other.
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