Woman Rides on Car Hood During Columbus Road Rage Incident
Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 08:18 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- A woman took a ride on a car hood Wednesday in an attempt to prevent a road rage suspect from evading responsibility for his alleged actions.
Kami Case was driving to work on SR-315 NB at approximately 2 p.m., when she and another driver, Paul Panzera Jr., exited the highway toward Goodale St., according to police.
Investigators say Panzera exited his car while stopped at a traffic light, and proceeded to kick Case's car, leaving dents on the vehicle. Case then exited her vehicle and stood in front of Panzera's car to prevent him from leaving the scene.
Case's presence in front of the vehicle was not enough to stop Panzera from driving forward, according to police. The woman somehow ended up on the hood of the car, and held on for at least 200 yards, leading 17 witnesses to report the incident to 911 dispatchers.
"They were going over the bridge at 315, and this dude that was driving was swerving back and forth trying to throw the other person off," reported one 911 caller.
Police say Panzera drove down Goodale St. and Olentangy River Road before stopping the vehicle, and pulling Case off the hood. The woman was not hurt, and was soon returned to her car, which she had left on the road with the engine running.
Panzera is charged with felonious assault. His bail was set at $35,000.
Police say some of the incident was captured on a dash-cam video, but they're not ready to release the footage.