Family rammed in terrifying road rage attack

A TRIP home from playing in the park with his daughter turned into a terrifying road rage nightmare for Tom Matyas.

Now he wants the man who repeatedly rammed his four-wheel-drive caught and believes he has seen him in Yandina twice since the incident.

The drama started after Mr Matyas noticed a white, older-model Toyota Hilux four-wheel-drive following him very closely as he drove north on David Low Way at Diddillibah about 2.30pm on Saturday.

Yandina man Tom Matyas and his daughter Ester survey damage to Mr Matyas' four-wheel-drive he says occurred in a road rage incident.
Yandina man Tom Matyas and his daughter Ester survey damage to Mr Matyas' four-wheel-drive he says occurred in a road rage incident. Stuart Cumming

His six-year-old daughter Ester Matyas was in the backseat as they had just been playing with remote control cars at the Fishermans Rd recreational grounds at Maroochydore.

"Straight away I saw this guy tailgating me," Mr Matyas said.

They continued on along David Low Way past Sunshine Castle to the roundabout intersection with Bli Bli Rd.

Mr Matyas noticed the man had come right up beside him on the left in the dual carriageway.

He said the tailgating continued after they exited the roundabout.

"He was right up my clacker."

Mr Matyas said he could not see the bullbar on the front of the four-wheel-drive behind him because it was so close.

He sped up but his pursuer persisted.

Mr Matyas said he stopped just after crossing the one-lane bridge on the Yandina-Bli Bli Rd to let the four-wheel-drive past.

But he saw the driver stop behind him and then screech his tyres to ram their ute from behind.

The impact rocked them.

"My daughter's head went back," he said.

"She started screaming."

Mr Matyas said the four-wheel-drive hit them three times before driving around in front of their vehicle and stopping.

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A man with a cast on his arm got out of the ute and started coming towards him.

Mr Matyas said he reversed and went around the man to continue to towards Yandina.

He drove quickly but the man caught up to him by the time he reached the Bruce Hwy overpass.

Mr Matyas feared the man was going to try to ram him off the overpass onto the highway so he hit the brakes hard and the four-wheel-drive passed him, coming to a halt about 50 metres further up the road.

"He jumped out of the car and started yelling 'come on, come on'."

Mr Matyas reversed again.

His daughter was hysterical.

"I yelled out 'I've got a kid in the car'."

He said the man seemed to stop after hearing this and returned to his ute to drive away.

Mr Matyas flagged down a man in a silver Honda who agreed to escort him to the Yandina Police Station.

He described his attacker as having short hair, a stocky build and about 30 years old.

A panel beater has quoted the damage bill to Mr Matyas' ute at $6000.

"The whole back of the car (tray) has been pushed into the cabin."

Mr Matyas, who runs a rubbish removal business in Yandina, said he had never met the man who attacked him before the incident but believes he has seen him in Yandina twice since - once about lunchtime Monday and again about 2pm Tuesday.

He said he did nothing to provoke the attack.

Nambour police acting officer-in-charge Nev Horneman said police had a person of interest to whom they wanted to speak in relation to the incident.

"Rest assured we will endeavour to follow that through," he said.

He asked anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward to police.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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