SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS BMW NEAR SCENE OF FATAL ROAD RAGE INCIDENT
Tampa Police are looking for the public’s assistance in the identifying and locating the driver of a dark colored BMW convertible who was involved in a road rage incident that turned deadly. If you have any information, you are asked to contact Tampa Police at 813.231.6130. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/X1z1STeNDBI
Details: The surveillance video shows a dark BMW with a soft top heading westbound on Fowler Avenue through what appears to be a red traffic light at Florida Avenue. That intersection is a short distance from the scene of the fatal road rage incident, and the time frame is just seconds after the incident. (The time stamp on the video is inaccurate. The video starts at 11:22:35 a.m. After 1 second the BMW appears on the right side of the screen. At the 23 second mark, the truck appears with a white sign on the driver-side door and a ladder in back.)
Seconds later, the video shows the Dodge Ram truck in which the deceased was a passenger also heading westbound through the same intersection. The driver of the truck, who was not injured, told Tampa Police that after his passenger was mortally wounded, he attempted to follow the BMW as it headed westbound on Fowler Avenue.
The confrontation and homicide occurred at approximately 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at the intersection of Fowler Avenue and I-275. The Dodge Ram truck and dark BMW were both stopped in the westbound lanes, with the BMW on the right side of the truck. The driver of the BMW got out of his car to verbally confront the passenger – later identified as Gilbert Serna, 56 – who remained in the truck. The driver of the BMW inflicted upper body trauma on Serna.
The driver of the truck attempted to follow the BMW as it headed west on Fowler – which is captured in the video. Ultimately the truck stopped at the corner of W 109th Avenue and N Ashley Street. TPD performed CPR on Serna and he was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the BMW has not yet been located. The investigation continues.