A Northridge man told KTLA on Tuesday that a chauffeur for a local car service rear-ended him in Van Nuys, then came after him and struck his driver’s side window in a road-rage attack that was caught on video.
Shahnam Asbaghi said the incident began on the 405 Freeway.
“This limousine Yukon driver was just tailgating me the whole time since when I got onto the 405 North. It was so bad … I actually got scared and nervous so I exited early,” Asbaghi said.
After exiting the freeway at Sherman Way, Asbaghi said the Yukon driver rear-ended him.
“When I exited, he just rammed me with his car at probably 25, 30 miles per hour,” he said. “When he hit me he got out of his car, came around to the driver’s side and punched my window four or five times. Then he ran back to his car, got in his car, and drove away.”
Asbaghi said he followed the Yukon to get a license plate number, and that’s when the driver stopped again and got out of the SUV near Sepulveda Boulevard and Sherman Way.
Asbaghi said the man pulled out a crow bar and hit the window as hard as he could. It was unclear in the video if the man swung a crowbar or some other object.
“I was in shock. So that’s when I called 911,” Asbaghi said.
Asbaghi said he showed Los Angeles Police Department officers the video and they had the two men exchange information, but made no arrests.
“Because my head wasn’t smashed, because the window wasn’t smashed, no harm no foul is what they told me,” Asbaghi said.
Wednesday morning, an official said the Police Department was reviewing the incident and would take the “appropriate action” if and when necessary.
The car service the SUV driver worked for issued a statement following the incident.
“We are aware of the situation and are investigating all facts. This is still vey new and fluid and we want to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted. We will take appropriate action once our investigation is completed,” L.A. Private Car Service stated.
Late Wednesday morning, the service said on Twitter that the driver had been fired.
“We looked into this troubling incident. This driver’s employment has been terminated,” the service tweeted.
Thank u @rickandersonoc @LAPDHQ @kaceymontoya. We looked into this troubling incident. This driver's employment has been terminated.
— LA Private Car Svc (@LAPrivateCar) April 6, 2016