The irate motorist whose explosive road rage incident involved banging on a terrified woman driver’s windscreen and hurling derogatory insults has been publicly identified.
Peter Abbott, aged 59, became the center of attention when a video of him aggressively berating the female driver went viral. In the disturbing footage, he subjected the woman to profanity-laden tirades, branding her a “bloody annoying woman” and a derogatory term.
The incident, which occurred outside a petrol station in Bournemouth, Dorset, was captured on video and dates back to August 25.
The video was initially posted on Facebook by Becky Ryan, who sought the public’s assistance in identifying the man verbally assaulting the woman, whom she identified as her mother.
In her impassioned plea, she described the individual as “vile,” “disgusting,” and a “pathetic excuse of a human.”
Subsequently, The Sun managed to identify Peter Abbott several days after the video of the abusive incident had gained widespread attention.
When confronted by the newspaper at his upscale apartment complex in Bournemouth, where the flats are valued at up to £800,000, Abbott reacted defensively, shouting expletives and demanding to be left alone.
He refused to comment on the explicit-laden rant that had caused the outrage and even confronted a female reporter as she attempted to depart, with further aggressive exchanges.
In the video, the man can be heard using derogatory language toward the woman in her car, followed by a confrontational exchange with another man off-camera. He later approaches the woman’s vehicle, banging on her windscreen and shouting derogatory comments.
Dorset Police responded to the incident on August 25, 2023, which transpired at approximately 11:40 am at the Tesco petrol station on Castle Lane, Bournemouth.
According to the police report, the man exited his vehicle, verbally abused the victim, and damaged the victim’s car’s windscreen by punching it. The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and no arrests have been made as of yet.
Becky Ryan, in her Facebook post, emphasized that the incident had left a “grown woman terrified” and expressed gratitude to those who intervened to assist her mother.
She sought to find these individuals to convey her appreciation. Ryan also revealed that she had filed incident reports on both August 25 and August 31, following her mother’s verbal abuse, but had only received an email in response. Her attempts to respond to the email were met with difficulties.
This incident serves as a glaring example of road rage and the distress it can cause to victims. Investigations continue as authorities seek to hold the aggressor accountable for his actions.