By M.E. Jones
SHIRLEY — Two vehicles whose drivers both admitted they’d been involved in a “road rage” incident on Route 2 were involved in a rear-end collision a short time later in Shirley Village, at the railroad crossing near the Phoenix Bar & Grill, police said.
According to Officer Matthew Euliano’s crash report, the operator of Vehicle #1, a 38 year old Leominster man, stated that the other driver — a 56-year-old woman from Tyngsboro — rammed into the rear of his vehicle when it was stopped at the intersection before entering Front Street from Ayer Road.
But it was the incident that preceded the accident that ultimately led to the crash.
The man said he’d been in a “road rage” incident with the other driver on Route 2 and followed her as she exited into town and pulled into the restaurant parking lot, with the intent of “yelling at her,” he said, apparently for the traffic issue that had irked him earlier, the report said.
When the woman got out of her car, he shouted an obscenity at her, the man said, according to the report. The woman confirmed his account and acknowledged that she then got back into her car and followed the other vehicle out of the parking lot. But she didn’t mean to hit it, she said.
Vehicle #1, which sustained substantial damage to the right rear driver’s side, was towed from the scene.
Nobody was injured.
Asked later if a warning citation had been issued to the man for his behavior, Police Chief Samuel Santiago said no, based on the officer’s discretion.