Motorist assaults pedestrian

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An enraged motorist snatched and later smashed the cell phone of a pedestrian after the two began arguing over a question of the right of way on Route 1, police say. 

The confrontation began after the motorist, described as a black man 20- to 30-years-old, allegedly “nearly ran [the victim] down with his vehicle” as he made his way along a crosswalk on the 3500 block of the Jefferson Davis Highway about 10:15 a.m., March 23, according to police reports. 

In response the victim “made a motion” to the motorist, prompting him to turn around, park his vehicle and step out to argue. After the victim called police, the motorist shoved him, stole his cell phone and smashed it against a wall, authorities said. 

He then fled, police said. 

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