by Carrie C. Causey
WAKE FOREST — A Raleigh resident is accused of choking another driver following an accident on U.S. 1.
“It was a classic case of road rage,” said Wake Forest Police spokesman Bill Crabtree.
May 13 just before 7 p.m., Ivan Afanador, 57, 1017 Penselwood Drive, Raleigh, was allegedly following a Rolesville woman too closely.
“He was driving erratically close behind and honking his horn,” Crabtree said.
Angela Beth Stroud, the driver of the other car, braked, causing Afanador’s 2009 Dodge to hit the back of her 2008 Ford.
The two drivers pulled over and Afanador allegedly got out and put his hands around Stroud’s neck, choking her until witnesses began yelling to let go of her, according to Crabtree.
“She was shaken up and EMS was called to check on her,” Crabtree said of the victim.
Afanador was arrested by Officer A.G. Sims for felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger. He was taken to Wake County jail on an $11,000 bond.
The passengers in both vehicles were not involved and no one else was reported injured or charged.