Detectives identify driver in possible hate crime incident - FOX 35 News Orlando

Detectives identify driver in possible hate crime incident

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Osceola County Sheriff's detectives have identified the driver involved in a road rage incident in which a woman says occurred because she is Muslim.

The incident happened on Oct. 24 and Rose (last name withheld) claims Lundquist tried to drive her off the road while mocking her head scarf.

On Oct. 31st the accused driver was brought in for questioning and tells the story differently.

He says he was at the intersection of Reaves Rd. and Poinciana Blvd. when a woman, later identified as Rose, was behind him and attempted to pass him on the right driving on the grass to get around his truck.

According to that driver, this angered him and he accelerated to avoid Rose from passing him. Both vehicles continued onto Cypress Parkway with the driver in front of Rose. Several times, he would slow down forcing Rose to apply her brakes.

Eventually, Rose passed him on Cypress Parkway and he continued to follow her a short distance before turning down another road.

He denies Rose's allegations that he targeted her based on her religious beliefs but told detectives he became angry over the way she was driving. Detectives do not have any information or evidence this case was a hate crime.

No charges have been filed at this time. The case has been forwarded to the State Attorney's office.

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