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Driver says he was attacked in random road rage incident

Posted at 5:36 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 08:37:25-05

A valley man says he was randomly attacked while driving on the northern 215 beltway near U.S. 95 Saturday night.

Greg Shepard says around 11:20 p.m., he saw a mid-90s green BMW driving erratically and aggressively on North Durango Drive. He says other cars were trying to go around the car to try and avoid it.

He says that's when he saw the headlights getting closer and closer. By the time he was getting on the on-ramp to the 215 near the 95, the car was right behind him.  

Shepard says that's when the car tapped him from behind. He panicked and tried to move to the left of the ramp to let the driver by, but then he says the car hit him again, this time slamming his car into the barrier wall.

"It was just adrenaline at that point," Shepard says. 

Luckily, his only injuries were scratches on his forehead from the airbag deploying and broken glasses.

Shepard's Honda S2000 was badly damaged. He says he can't understand why someone would go so far to attack someone seemingly out of the blue. 

"You know you try to do the right thing, you try to be nice to people ... but man, sometimes people don't care, people are just rude," he says.

He's also bothered by the fact that the driver just drove off, especially when he could have easily been hurt or killed. 

"It just shows he was OK with the worst case scenario," Shepard says.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says no other witnesses called in, so they don't have a license plate number to go off of. All they have is the description of a green mid 90s BMW, likely with front-end damage from the crash.  Although such a vague description may make it a challenge to track down the driver, Shepard hopes someone will come forward.