A Marion County man is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol for allegedly pushing his wife in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer in Pasco County.
Troopers say the suspect’s wife was traveling in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near Milepost 282 in the mid-morning on Thursday. She was driving a light pick-up truck with a utility trailer in tow when one of the tires blew out, forcing the vehicle off the road.
Once safely off the road, the suspect and his wife became involved in an argument, say troopers. The suspect allegedly exited the vehicle and made his way to the driver’s side, where he pulled his wife out of the vehicle with her hair.
Troopers say he began physically abusing his wife at that point, punching her and striking her with his head. He allegedly then pushed her into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer traveling at highway speed. The driver of the tractor-trailer avoided striking the woman, but he did so only by quickly engaging in evasive maneuvers.
The suspect, who had allegedly orally threatened to kill his wife, then fled into the woods. Sheriff’s deputies assisted troopers in the subsequent search, but the suspect ultimately evaded detection and the search was called off. Authorities continue to search for the suspect.