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EDITORS NOTE: The video above shows hand gestures that may be offensive to some viewers.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS/WTVR) – A Tampa woman’s iPhone video captures a man tailgating her and crashing his truck after he cuts her off. The video dubbed “instant karma” was recorded Monday afternoon and has garnered more than 3 million hits and is making its way around the web.

The woman who recorded the video spoke to the local Tampa news station and asked her name not be broadcast or made public. Instead, she is going by her YouTube username, Florida Driver.

“This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording,” she posted on YouTube. “I couldn’t move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened. Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck in a left turn lane, was tailgating and driving recklessly on a wet slick road, wasn’t paying attention, and all in all being an ignorant ass. In the full video which I will post later, you will be able to see that not once was I mouthing off, I never brake checked him, and in fact until I watched the video after the accident I didn’t even know he shot a bird at me because I wasn’t looking at him at all, I was paying attention to the road while holding the phone up with my right hand. I’ve recorded circumstances like this before, catching idiots doing stupid things, but never ever had this happen.”

“That’s what you get, all on video buddy,” you can hear her say while laughing in the video.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested the driver, Jeffrey White, 33, of Tampa and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash.

“He kept spinning his wheels but couldn’t get out,” Florida Driver said.

She added that one of White’s friends came with a tow chain to get him out and that he fled before law enforcement officers arrived.

The video shows he took out a light pole owned by the Florida Department of Transportation and caused extensive damage to the grassy median.

As he drove off, Florida Driver said she drove up and took a picture of his tag.

She gave that picture to police and they arrested him Wednesday.

White has since bonded out. No one answered the door at White’s home.

Florida Driver said she was not ready for this video to go viral. She only put it online to show coworkers, she said. Now she has received more than 5,000 messages in her YouTube inbox about it.

50 comments

  • M.L. Adams

    Chronic speeders always amaze me! You drive along, 4 or 5 miles over the posted limit, in order not to get rear-ended, and these jokers run up on your bumper, honking their horns and expecting you join them in breaking the law by also speeding! Fines for ‘careless and reckless’ offenses need to be raised exponentially!

      • some1s_wifey

        If you read it, you would have seen that she couldn’t move to the right because slower trucks were in that lane as you can see her pass them in the video, also she was to be making a left hand turn. Mr. Smarty pants.

      • Tracy Williams

        Agreed. There was more than enough room for her to get in the right for faster traffic to pass. There was quite a long time I saw nothing in the right lane before she passed the 2 whole trucks she said were blocking it.

    • grafx

      What he did was wrong, but I don’t think there is one driver who at one time or another ( including the supporters of the woman taking the video) that hasn’t been annoyed by someone in the passing lane not passing. I see it everyday. If he could get in the slow lane to pass her, she had time to get out of his way. If I felt in danger, I would have proceeded into the slower lane and let him go. Why would you want to be bold and stupid by trying to antagonize someone who might be unbalanced? Her laughing and comments make her sound like an instigator.

  • RsUTTER

    Of course we are not condoning the use of phones while driving in dangerous conditions, but what the fack

  • Anonymous

    But you definitely could have gotten over in the right lane to prevent you getting tailgated. It’s not your job to teach lessons while driving. You could have easily gotten hurt in the accident and instead of a middle finger it could have been a gun. People really need to be careful on the road.

  • athynz

    I find it amusing that all the rage is directed towards the jackwagon in the truck – and yes he was clearly in the wrong.

    However Ms. Florida Driver was also in the wrong. One she stayed in the left lane for three minutes by her own admission – one minute prior to her beginning to video him, 2 more in the video itself. Also if her statement of “In the full video which I will post later…” is true she was filming for longer than the almost 2 minutes the video shows. Two if HE had the opportunity to get into the right hand lane to pass her and give her the bird then she also had the opportunity to get into the right lane and let him go on his way. Three – she was operating a cell phone while she was driving which is a distraction and also against the law in several states.

    He got what he deserved – a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident as well as public humiliation for being such a tool. She however should not get away scott free for her actions.

    • Mike

      Justice would have been her videotaping her own crash because she was not paying attention to the road (taking video). She was in the fast lane, she had the chance to get over. She purposely incited the road rage by acting like she owned the road and nobody else was as important as her. What a scumbag.

    • Greg Colter

      She said she had to turn left in 1/2 mile. By the time all of this happened, she had to be at her turn.

      • athynz

        She was going 60 mph – check the video – and if the a-hole in the truck was able to get over to pass her she had time to get over, let d-bag go, and get back over in time for her turn. Again I’m not saying he wasn’t in the wrong – he was. But so was she.

    • David

      As per usual, this pompous anti-scholar has attempted to use a half baked comment to make himself appear intellectual. Once again, Pete’s ignorance and arrogance are his only apparent characteristics .

      • athynz

        And as usual all David can do is post insults and never offer any opinion on the topic at hand due to his obvious mental deficiencies. Once again David shows how much of a troll one can be.

  • some1s_wifey

    Slower traffic WAS on the right as evidenced by the vehicles she passed in the video. Also, if you’re going to be making a left hand turn why would she get over? She was clearly driving the speed limit. Tools.

    • jh

      Those who say there was traffic on the right preventing her from moving over should just look at the picture before hitting play. It’s a shot of the truck behind her and not a single car in the right lane. If she moves over, the problem is solved: no road rage, no wreck, no reckless driving while using a cell phone.

  • PetLover

    So, the fact that she stated there were slower moving trucks in the right lane…she was passing…and the fact that she was indeed making a left hand turn means she was breaking the law? No. Some people need to learn to read.

  • Va

    What about the fact that she was video recording while driving…How dangerous is that???? Exactly how much attention was she giving to the traffic or her own driving while she was using her cell phone so she was just as big a threat as the gentleman in the truck. I however find her laughing at the fact that he had an accident disgusting an a poor excuse of a role model. What if he had of died in that wreck. What if she had of killed someone while she was busy video recording him. Let’s get the mote out of our own eyes before we worry about what someone else is doing. Shame on you for laughing at that man for that wreck. He may not have done the right thing but he could have been injured. It could have been one of your loved ones he could have hit. Would you have laughed then. That fellow is someone’s son…someone’s brother..possibly someone’s father….again shame on you…

    • Montgomery

      You’re thinking backwards. The jackhole in that truck would not have crashed if he had not been driving the way he was. PERIOD. But hey, that’s today’s society I guess, blaming someone else for your own actions.

      Shame on you for thinking that this woman was at fault for this guy’s wreckless driving.

  • Cindy

    I don’t agree with her for laughing, however, I would have moved over because he was raging with anger and not knowing if he had a gun or other weapons, I would be glad to have given him the road, miss my turn and found a place to turn around to get to my exit. I have done that many times to keep the idiot drivers from their road rage. The road was slippery with rain and I commend the lady for videotaping the guy and getting his license plates to report to the police. What comes around goes around with reference to that stupid guy driver. He was an accident looking for a place to happen…..he found his place and thank goodness no one else was involved in it!

    • brenda mc

      There is a law in va about slower vehicles stay in right lane. It was on test i took in the 80’s. I looked again when my daughter became a teenager an driving. Will do same with my grandson. Because alot of folks think driving in the fast lane is a smart thing to do. It is not. Andbefore someone goes offon the truckers being in the way. Let m.e just say you t less costly items in the store to choose from they are the route in whics there once off cargo ship. Not. BY train, plane, cars or pickup trucks. But bsemis. For goodness sakez they cant stop on a dime.you knw they an d motorcycles Re on the rkad when you vet that learners liscence and when you get the real deal. So be curtious to ALL drivers not just the ones in cars.

    • Stephanie

      I do NOT commend her for endangering everyone around her by using her camera instead of paying attention to the road.

  • Ranta Claus

    I see alot of people siding with the idiot, must be people that drive like him…and as for driving in the “passing”or the “fast ” lane if you look its a residual or business area, not a highway or interstate where some states do have laws pertaing to, in retrospect, the guy was an idiot that probably doesnt need to have a license

  • scooter

    The law in Florida reads:

    ‘(2) …, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle, … and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.’

    Florida Statutes 316.083

    The woman should be held liable for damages caused by her unlawful actions (not yielding to the right, speeding up when being passed, etc.).

  • Mary

    Why didn’t the woman just obey the law and get over..She wouldn’t have been laughing if it involved taking an innocent life..A father, mother, child, etc!

    • Stephanie

      That was my thought, Mary. What a sick person to laugh at that (while not looking forward and watching where she’s going.)

  • Guitar2323

    In NY the driver taking the video would of been ticketed also. You can not use a hand held device and drive at the same time.

  • ginny

    hell, I have been in the right lane and have assholes like that guy tailgate my ass….. and they had nerve to flip me off too…. so as I am concerned, she is off the hook….. him, hahhahaha …. dumbass karma is a b***h. I have NO sympathy for him. drivers like him need to be taken off the road. He is a menace. The road is not his personal NASCAR track. He is lucky he didn’t up dead. If he ended up dead(or anyone else in the car), it was because he was acting like an asshole, not anything the other driver did or didn’t do.

    • Stephanie

      People using phones like that end up killing other people every day. She’s endangering everyone around them by using her phone while she’s driving.

  • Dianne M

    The guy may have acted like a jerk once he came up beside her and in cutting her off, but in his defense, he came up on her, backed off, came up on her again, which should have been a clue to her that he was in a bigger hury than she was. After all, she was only going 1/2 mile further. Would it have hurt her to back off and drop in behind the ONE truck she passed while all of this was happening and allowed him to go on his way? She could have very easily done so and then moved back into the left lane in time to make her turn. But it was obviously all about her at the time. She even videod her own speed showing she was going 60mph. If I was going to turn in 1/2 a mile, I would not have been doing 60mph that close to my turn. All this said and done….the most revolting part is that she laughed when he wrecked. He crossed over oncoming traffic and could have very easily killed someone else. I wonder if she would have been laughing then.

  • Sharon

    This was just totally wrong! She was purposely trying to enrage the driver behind her, she was in the fast lane and should of moved over but she wanted to make him mad and continued to stay in wrong lane and videotape to boot! She would of pissed me off too, I think she purposely caused this, he should not of did what he did but she should learn how to drive and be courteous, karma will visit her also, she is NOT innocent, she is a troublemaker!!!

  • Ash

    Im not gonna lie. She was wrong. she should have merged over. She was in the fast/pacing lane and was hogging the lane. I wouldn’t go as far to flip her off either. My how quickly karma can kick your butt.

  • fldriver

    Yes he was an idiot glad hes off the road. Unfortunately we cant remove her. Everday in florida people just seem to line up and admire each others rear quarter panels. It could be a 7 lane road and they would line up like its a parade. Seriously we see the moment she c u ose to turn on the phone. We dont know if she cut out in front of him slowed down brake checked then turned on the phone to stack evidence. We dont know that. What we do kniw his reaction led to him off the road for a short bit and her the slower traffic not yielding. Its rampant here backs up traffic and creates situations where cars are just sitting next to eachother like they are asiing for grey poupon. Im not that guy who rages but I do pass in the right cause they are clueless. Sonetimes ill bluff a right blinker and slightly veer right which 9 times out of 10 they move to block opening the left fir a quick pass.

  • John

    He was being a raging bully and it backfired on him. Would it have been so hard for him to just be nice and passed on the left, big deal. Bet he would’t have flip off Hulk Hogan. He was a bully and may have shot her if he had a gum. Loose cannon.

  • David

    I think she’s guilty of passive aggressive driving, Move over to the right lane and let him pass. The police will deal with him. Both are guilty of bad driving.

  • urdrwho10

    take a look, ya think this man had never done this before. I see these people all the time when I am patrolling the streets.

    http://fox8.com/2014/03/27/karma-bites-road-rage-backfires-for-driver/

    Yep I am one of them, an officer.

    The problem is two fold:

    1. Aggressive driving and having no patience
    2. Not knowing the laws.

    Number one is easy to understand but number two takes a bit more knowledge. The left lane is not always the much fabled “passing lane.” It depends on the highways and here in CO we have some roads that go around cities that are actually considered city roads with speed limits of 50 MPH. Because there are intersections, traffic lights, left turn cut-out lanes it is not considered a highway. Therefore the left lane is for passing is a no-no. I find less and less people understand the left lane is for passing law. They wrongly believe the law applies to all roadways.

    So we have a lot of kids and adults that don’t know the laws and drive with an attitude of what they think is the law.

    Last year I attended a seminar and the number one complaint is not speeding, it is about drivers such as the driver of the pickup truck. Officers across the nation are receiving training in dealing with aggressive drivers and issuing citations.

    So it you think all roads have a left lane for passing only, you are wrong.

    If the woman is not lying, she was speeding up when the limit changed and that is not unusual. The pickup truck driver probably wanted to be going the speed of the next increased speed zone. If indeed the woman was proceeding to eventually make a left turn, she was within her legal right to be in the left lane.

    She should not have been driving while filming. I understand her frustration —- we hear it all the time. I can’t count how many times we scrap aggressive drivers off the road. I am about to retire from 35 years of service and I can say this — drivers have gotten worse. Is it because schools have been cutting out drivers ed training or do people lack the patience?

    • Dianne M

      Thank you for giving us a professionals point of view on this situation. You definitely taught me a thing or two I did not know. I still think I would have moved over to eliminate any problems though. Have a great day and stay safe. Well wishes on your upcoming retirement and thank you for your service.

    • scooter

      ‘(2) …, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle, … and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.’

      Florida Statutes 316.083

      Glad you qualified your position by saying, “if the woman is telling the truth.” Problem is, the woman lied. She said she sped up (after the truck was almost in a potion to get around her) because, according to her own words, “the speed limit increased.” Here’s where anyone can look up the accident scene on Street View.10058 US Highway 41 S
      Gibsonton, FL 33534. The speed limit, going south, is a constant 50 mph. And as you know, in court cases once a witness impeaches themselves, by lying, no one is expected to believe anything they say. She sped up to cut him off. Very reckless on her part.

      By the way, I travel a lot and often see marked and un-marked police vehicles, not running code, traveling for miles in the left lane — often times speeding. Is this taught in police training, or is it just an individual practice?

  • Michael

    ” Not in all states. There’s no such law in Virginia for example.”

    Wrong. It is all 50 states. Virginia traffic code § 46.2-804:

    1. Any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing, shall be driven in the lane nearest the right edge or right curb of the highway when such lane is available for travel except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or where right lanes are reserved for slow-moving traffic as permitted in this section;

    • urdrwho10

      Preparation for a left turn? Didn’t the woman say she planned to turn left? I would imagine if the law is defined properly someplace in the manual it should say how long you can be there preparing to turn left. If not, it would be a proper defense in court to say you were preparing to turn but it was 5 miles down the road.

      I know that some States have different definitions and some are better defined than others. Some States include speed limits such as the passing lane is designated on highways of 60 MPH and above.
      It really must be defined better some place because you can’t apply such a paragraph to a 4 lane one way street going through Alexandria VA. In the city street example, how could you ever cite someone using only the paragraph you provided. In essence the right lane would be filled with cars and nothing in the left lane.

      I’m too tired to try and find where in the Title Virginia defines highways, parkways, streets, expressways, etc. It may just use the UVC definition.

      One change I don’t like and that is the State creating laws that make us revenue generators. Vague laws allow for it and the politicians have been getting better at vague laws.

      Drive safely………………I’m tired.

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