The 16-year-old son of a semi-professional driver was investigated Tuesday after another motorist said he was attacked, according to authorities.
The driver, identified by several reporters as Raphael Rondeau, said he was on the track at Horseheads Speedway in upstate New York around 11:30 a.m. when someone started banging on his window and yelling profanities at him. He said he flagged down a sheriff’s deputy to report the vandalism.
Rondeau told The Post-Standard of Syracuse that he went to the track to watch his father, Pascal, racing because “I haven’t been to a racetrack in five or six years.” Pascal Rondeau, a race driver with KBC Racing, told the newspaper that he visited his son to the track and let him pick up the car. Pascal Rondeau told the newspaper that his son – who is a race-car driver for KBC – went off and was not with Pascal when he went to find the car.
Rondeau said a 57-year-old woman drove by and honked her horn, which caused Raphael Rondeau to back up, according to the Post-Standard. That’s when a man got out of the car, hit him in the back of the head, and grabbed him by the neck, according to Pascal Rondeau. He said his son managed to pull away before the man released the suspect.
Raphael Rondeau said a different woman in the driver’s seat came around, reached through the window and hit him again, according to the Post-Standard.
The Associated Press said the driver then fled in the car and witnesses saw him jump into a gold van. An Amber Alert was issued.
The Pindar Township Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that an officer found Raphael Rondeau on a nearby road, but the officer could not find the driver of the other vehicle.
Deputies searched the area, but they did not find the vehicle or the driver.
Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the race track for a report of vandalism occurring on Nov. 30, resulting in a 28-year-old man being hospitalized. The man was in stable condition.
Rondeau, a track spokesman, said Pascal Rondeau was not at the track when the attack happened.
In an interview, Pascal Rondeau said Raphael Rondeau was visiting with his father and other family members.
“All he did was crash with his dad,” Pascal Rondeau said. “There was no violence involved.”
Police haven’t identified the driver and are still investigating.
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