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Man rams pickup truck into 16-year-old girl’s vehicle because she was driving too slowly

By Mason White 5:18 PM September 17, 2017
William Larry Bennett
William Larry Bennett
By: Mason White

A man scared a teenage girl who just got her driver’s license, because she was driving too slowly, according to police in Florida.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested William Larry Bennett, 24, of 6588 Collier Road, after being accused of ramming his pickup truck into the 16-year-old girl’s vehicle several times.

Bennett has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.

He was booked into the St. Johns County Jail, and his bail has been set at $6,000.

According to the police investigation, the 16-year old newly licensed driver along with her mother and the driver’s 14-year old brother, were traveling into St. Johns County over the Shands Bridge, on Thursday, at around 5:30 p.m., with the suspect driving behind them.

Bennett told deputies that the girl were driving too slowly, so he began to tailgate.

Bennett allegedly struck the girl’s 2010 Toyota Highlander three times, causing minor damage.

Bennett honked his horn, flashed his lights, made hand gestures and yelled at the girl.

The young driver was especially in fear of being pushed off the bridge due to the actions of Bennett.

Bennett continued to follow and badger the girl even after passing his residence.

The girl pulled off the road at the first chance to await responding deputies.

Meanwhile, a witness, who was behind the two vehicles, continued to follow Bennett as the two entered the Heritage Landing neighborhood, where that witness resided.

Bennett stopped in the middle of the road and walked back to allegedly confront the witness.

The witness then called the police.

Bennett returned to his vehicle, turned around and erratically drove back to his residence.

Deputies located Bennett and his slightly damaged vehicle, a 2003 Dodge pickup truck, at his residence, where he was taken into custody without incident.