Driver charged with manslaughter after dragging Palmetto man in 2018 road rage incident

Manatee Manslaughter

PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - After a six-month investigation, a Manatee County man has been charged with manslaughter for a road rage incident that took place in 2018 in Palmetto.

On December 6, 2018 around 9:20 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol says John Thomas Cray, 47, of Parrish was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Truck with a 30-year-old female passenger behind a 2018 Honda Accord driven by Bradley John Yost, 32, of Palmetto. The vehicles were traveling eastbound on Bayshore Road, west of U.S. 41, when FHP says the drivers got into some type of altercation.

Man charged in fatal hit & run accident

Afterwards, troopers say both drivers stopped on the side of Bayshore Road. Yost got out of his vehicle and started walking towards Cray’s truck. That’s when troopers say Cray hit the gas, hitting Yost, who became lodged underneath Cray’s truck and was dragged all the way to the westbound lane of 73rd Street, west of U.S. 41.

Yost was killed.

On Monday, after months of investigation, troopers arrested Cray and booked him into the Manatee County Jail on charges of manslaughter involving a weapon and leaving the scene with death.

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