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Driver involved in Fla. road-rage incident declines comment

Motorcyclist posts video of Homestead road-rage incident on YouTube

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A driver caught on camera driving erratically on a Homestead roadway during a road rage incident refused to comment Thursday to reporters outside the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

"Do you have anything to say about the actions you portrayed on the road?" Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney asked Kristiian Rosa. "The charges that you're facing -- do you think they're fair?"

"Can y'all just back up off me? Just leave me alone. Please leave me alone," Rosa, 30, said.

"Well the video (of the incident) has gone viral," Forney said.

"OK, good for you," Rosa said.

According to Homestead police Detective Fernando Morales, traffic homicide investigators reviewed the video that went viral online Tuesday and determined that probable cause existed to arrest Rone Gonzalez, 23, who was riding on the motorcycle, and Rosa, who was driving a red car seen in the video.

Gonzalez, whose YouTube name is Roni G, claims that he was riding when a red car swerved dangerously in front of him, almost causing a collision.

After the first incident, Gonzalez attempts to get away by riding at high speeds into oncoming traffic, narrowly missing cars driving in the opposite direction.

When the car eventually catches up to the motorcycle, a man in an orange shirt, identified as Rosa, sticks his head out and appears to be shouting something at the rider while recording the confrontation on his smartphone.

Rosa told Local 10 News on Tuesday that he chased down Gonzalez because Gonzalez had punched his mirror, cracking it, and he wanted to get his license plate.

"The driver of that motorcycle vandalized the car," Rosa said. "He had no intention of stopping, then he breaks my side mirror in the heat of the moment."

On the YouTube post, Gonzalez said that he is an "inexperienced rider" and panicked.

"I will admit when I am wrong. All of this stuff wasn't on purpose but an attempt to get away," the rider said. "I didn't chose to get on to on coming traffic. He blocked my path on both lanes. I didn't want to harm myself or other people, which is exactly what happened. No one got hurt. Everyone, even the guy, goes home."

Rosa also expressed remorse for what happened.

"I'm not proud of what I did," he said. "All I can say is that I learned a big lesson. A lot of things could have happened in that short time. It only takes a second for an accident to happen, yet we both took no consideration over our loved ones or the people around us at the time. Lesson learned.  All lives matter."

Gonzalez was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and bonded out of jail later in the day. Rosa was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, which is a felony, and reckless driving.


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