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Road rage nearly turns deadly as driver launches his vehicle at a couple in Melbourne

Heart-stopping moment road rage nearly turns deadly as driver ‘launches his vehicle at a couple and almost runs them over after threatening to kill the pair’ – leaving their Suzuki badly damaged

  • A confronting road rage incident happened in a Melbourne car park on Thursday 
  • The Mazda driver ran up the back of a Suzuki while turning into the parking lot
  • Benko Matautia then got out of his car and grabbed the driver by the neck
  • The driver reversed across the lot before ramming into Mr Matautia’s Suzuki 

A road rage incident nearly turned deadly when an impatient driver launched his car towards a couple after allegedly threatening to kill them.

Benko Matautia was at the traffic lights turning into Campbellfield Plaza in Melbourne on Thursday night when a motorist behind him became agitated.

‘He kept beeping his horn all the way through so I stopped and he hit me from the back,’ he told 9News. 

Mr Matautia got out of his car in the parking lot and grabbed the Mazda driver by the neck through the window.

The driver reversed at speed across the car park before driving forward and ramming into Benko Matautia’s parked Suzuki – narrowly avoiding him and his 25-year-old girlfriend

Benko Matautia was at the traffic lights turning into Campellfield Plaza in Melbourne on Thursday night when a motorist behind him became agitated

Benko Matautia was at the traffic lights turning into Campellfield Plaza in Melbourne on Thursday night when a motorist behind him became agitated

The driver then reversed at speed across the car park before driving forward and ramming into Mr Matautia’s parked Suzuki.

The Mazda narrowly missed Mr Matautia and his 25-year-old girlfriend, who ran out of the way. 

‘He said he’s going to run me over and kill me with his car. He was just angry to be honest. I don’t know what his problem was,’ Mr Matautia said.

The impact of the smash left Mr Matautia’s sedan badly damaged, and ripped out two sign poles. 

Witness Daniel Testa captured the confronting incident on his dash cam. 

‘I didn’t expect him to go forwards, but [he went] full steam ahead aiming at the two people,’ Mr Testa said. 

Other witnesses said the same car was driving erratically along Marnie’s Road after it left the car park. 

Police arrested the 44-year-old driver, from Coburg, shortly after. He faces multiple traffic offences.

The impact of the smash left Mr Matautia's sedan badly damaged, and ripped out two sign poles

The impact of the smash left Mr Matautia’s sedan badly damaged, and ripped out two sign poles

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