A dispute at a Boca Raton stop sign turned into a case of driver vs. pedestrian road rage — and a 70-year-old man ended up in the hospital when it was over.
Boca police say the 43-year-old driver of a Lexus SUV got out and shoved the older man to the ground. The driver told cops the older man hit the SUV with his hand and yelled at him.
Whatever happened, the victim told police the driver was so angry, he looked like he was "on fire," the report said.
John McNally, 43, was driving his Lexus SUV at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday near Mizner Park. According to a witness cited in the Boca Raton police arrest report, McNally failed to "respect" a stop sign and almost struck the man. The older man then screamed at McNally, the report stated.
Reached by phone, the victim declined to comment. McNally was also unavailable, as he was still in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday. His wife also declined to comment.
Interviewed by police, the 70-year-old man said he was almost hit by the SUV while crossing the street. He said he touched the SUV in an attempt to maintain his balance and that's when the driver hit the brakes and got out.
The elderly man's wife also witnessed the incident, police said. She told cops that the driver, a tall man, pushed her husband hard with two hands and screamed, "Don't touch my car!"
The 70-year-old was injured when he hit the ground. He was taken to Boca Raton Community Hospital and found to have abrasions and bruising to his head, shoulders, neck and tailbone, the arrest report said.
A witness wrote down the license plate number on the Lexus, so police ran it and discovered that the registered owner was McNally, who lives in Boca Raton. Police drove to the address listed for McNally and saw a Lexus SUV in the driveway.
McNally told officers that he was driving south on Plaza Real with his wife and daughter when an older man stepped out in front of the vehicle. He told officers the man then struck the side of the vehicle "where [McNally's] daughter was sitting and yelled something," according to the report.
McNally told the officers that he asked the older man why he had hit the car, and said that the older man should be glad "I did not punch him for hitting my car," police said.
But he also said he was sorry for pushing the man in front of his daughter, according to the report.
McNally's wife told police the incident was "out of character" for her husband, who had been under a lot of stress lately, the report also noted.
McNally was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces a felony charge of battery on a person 65 years or older.
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