SARASOTA -- A Bradenton man was struck by a car and stabbed in the hand during a confrontation with another motorist late Sunday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies had originally called the incident a case of "road rage," but the sheriff's office later said it wasn't "an altercation between drivers caused by frustration or aggravation over the manner of one or the others driving," a news release states.
About 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to a parking lot in the 4700 block of Bee Ridge Road, where the incident occurred, according to a news release.
The incident started when the Bradenton man, a passenger in a Jeep, made comments to the female driver of another car, possibly a Nissan.
"The male occupant of the Nissan threw items at the Jeep in response. Both vehicles subsequently pulled over and a confrontation took place during which the male in the Nissan was armed with a knife," the release states.
A second man in the Jeep, who is from Sarasota, suffered a superficial cut on his back that is suspected to have been caused by the knife. The attacker got back into the car as the Jeep’s driver, the Bradenton man, positioned himself in front of the car in an attempt to prevent it from leaving," the sheriff's office.
The Bradenton man "was struck by the vehicle and subsequently stabbed in the hand as he grabbed the passenger side of the vehicle, before falling to the ground and sustaining and injury to his back and the Nissan left the scene" the report states.
"We are still looking for the faded red Nissan and attempting to identify the occupants," the sheriff's office said.