An argument over a car blocking traffic sends a good Samaritan to the hospital, and landed another driver in jail.
Topeka Police officers say it was in the lane front of the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 29th and Topeka Boulevard where two middle aged men started arguing about a car blocking the way.
A pedestrian, trying to be a good citizen was hit and run over, after an altercation over his car blocking another.
“It was completely over one vehicle blocking access for the other vehicle that was trying to leave,” said Dominic Yancy, with the Topeka Police Department.
Topeka Police Officers say 54-year-old Kevin Zirkle started arguing with a man stopped in the middle of the parking lot, helping an elderly woman across the ice.
Zirkle, threatened the man to move his car or he would move it for him. When the victim tried to get his tag number, Zinkle hopped back into his truck, put it in drive, knocked the victim over, then put it in reverse, and ran over him.
“According to the witnesses, revved the engine, peeled out, striking the pedestrian, knocking him to the ground,” said Yancy.
Officers say the victim was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries, but he probably has a broken arm.
And it was all because of road rage.
“There was an exchange of words, one guy admitted being upset, and the next thing you know, you’ve got somebody who’s been run over by a car,” said Yancy.
Topeka Police say a case when someone is angry at another driver and they are in cars, is considered road rage.
Topeka Police responded to the Holliday Square Shopping Center at the 2900 block of SW Topeka Blvd. at 10:15 Tuesday morning on a report involving a person possibly being struck by a vehicle.
Topeka Police reports that a citizen had stopped and exited his car to assist another citizen in crossing an icy area in the parking lot and a third party became upset over the stopped vehicle blocking the drive way. After a verbal altercation one of the parties struck the other with their vehicle resulting in non life threatening injuries.
The driver, 54-year-old Kevin Zirkle from Topeka was arrested for aggravated battery.
The victim was taken to a local Topeka hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation into this incident continues and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.