Workman Confronts Teen In Road Rage And Rips Keys From Ignition
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A workman overcome by road rage has been filmed furiously confronting a teenage driver 'with a crowbar' - before ripping the boy's car keys from the ignition:
Carlo Ladi was driving home after picking his 14-year-old brother, Luca Ladi, up from school when a row with a cement mixer driver over lane merging on a busy A road turned ugly.
Carlo, 19, told Luca to start filming when the enraged driver got out of his mixer holding what Carlo believed was a 'crowbar' and shouted angrily through his window.
The footage shot in Norwich, Norfolk, shows the unknown hi-vis worker reaching into the car and in a bid to snatch the keys from the ignition, which Carlo says 'sliced' his fingers.
He claims the man then threw the keys across the road and into a nearby driveway, leaving him to embarrassingly collect them in front of 'about 20 cars' waiting behind him.
While it is unclear from the footage exactly what the item is that the man is carrying, it has a long handle protruding from his fist and Carlo described it as a 'crowbar'.
Carlo says they'd battled to merge at two junctions, holding up traffic to shout abuse at each other before the cement mixer pulled up in front of his car to take his keys.
Cement firm C&H Quickmix has confirmed the self-employed man's contract has been terminated because his actions 'fell well short of their standards'.
The teen is now sharing the footage as he is determined the driver 'does not get away with it' however, despite the incident occurring in September, Norfolk Police say enquiries are still 'ongoing'.
Carlo Ladi, from Mile Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, said: "When the man walked towards my window with the crowbar, I thought he was going to take my wing mirror off or something like that.
"I was more annoyed than anything, but then I was worried too because I had my brother with me. The whole incident was pretty traumatic for him. He was quite shaken up by it.
"[The man] was shouting some pretty non-sensical stuff through my window and when he reached in I still thought he was trying to break something, but he just went for my keys.
"When I tried to grab his arm, he ripped them through my hand and sliced my fingers. He threw them into a driveway, so my car was just stuck there in traffic.
"Someone I recognised from school was in a car behind us at the time, looking at me blankly, and you could see traffic piling up and stuff. It was pretty embarrassing.
"Luckily I found the keys and as I was walking back to my car there were about 20 cars all with people staring at me.
"I knew something bad was going to happen and that's why I told Luca to start recording, but I didn't think he'd take my keys. When we got home we were just so angry."
After Carlo's dad, Marc Ladi posted the video to social media, he found the company the workman was contracted to and confronted management staff at their yard.
A spokesperson for C&H Quickmix said: "An internal investigation was undertaken as soon as we were made aware of the incident, which involved an independent contract haulier working on our behalf.
"The behaviour fell well short of the high standards expected and, as a result, the driver's contract with us was terminated."
A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: "Police have received a report of an incident in Mile Cross Lane, Norwich, that happened between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Monday 21 September 2020.
"The victim told officers that a cement mixer had 'undertaken' him on Mile Cross Lane and that while he was at a set of traffic lights, a man from the cement mixer left his vehicle and approached the victim carrying a crowbar.
"The man from the cement mixer then removed the keys from the ignition of the victim's car and threw them away. The victim suffered minor cuts to his fingers in the incident. Officers are investigating and enquiries are ongoing."