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Rollover crash tied to road rage

A road-rage clash between two drivers preceded a collision this week in DeKalb County that left one of the drivers with broken ribs.

On Tuesday afternoon, Russell Coleman, 63, made a gesture toward Nathan Wilson, 25, while both men were driving north on Interstate 69, the sheriff’s department said.

Police did not specify what sort of gesture but said Wilson was upset enough that he followed Coleman off the interstate west onto U.S. 6.

Wilson passed Coleman and tried to make him pull over, but he did not stop. Wilson then slowed down to turn left into a driveway. Coleman did not see that Wilson was turning and attempted to pass Wilson on the left, the department said.

As Wilson turned left, Coleman rear-ended Wilson’s vehicle on the driver’s side. The vehicle rolled over and went into a yard, coming to rest on the passenger’s side, the department said.

Wilson, from Warsaw, was treated for broken ribs at a hospital. Coleman, from Goshen, was not hurt.

Wilson’s vehicle, a 1996 Toyota 4Runner, was totaled, and Coleman’s vehicle, a 2002 Ford F-350, sustained $5,000 in damage.

No charges have been filed in the crash, but the officers said Wilson might face a charge of aggressive driving.

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