BMW Used As Weapon


A “minor bump up” between a minivan and a BMW turned into “severe road rage”.


A man from Rock Hill, S.C. allegedly used a borrowed BMW to intentionally wreck a woman driving a minivan on I-85 North near McAdenville.


Robert H. Samples was arrested Sunday and held under a $50,000 bond. Samples was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with serious injury.


Samples had a “minor bump up” around 10:40 p.m. Saturday on I-85 near mile marker 22-the Lowell exit- involving the BMW and the minivan.


Both drivers pulled off onto the shoulder of I-85 and a female companion in the BMW called 911.


Cynthia Stridema, driver of the minivan went to Samples in an effort to exchange driver’s license and insurance information. Samples refused to get out of vehicle or to roll his window down, resulting in Ms. Stridema returning to her minivan and driving off.


Within about 2 miles, near the McAdenville exit, Samples pulled up next to the minivan.

Samples proceeded to get into the lane to her left and deliberately ramming her minivan on the driver’s side with the BMW.


The impact caused Stridema to lose control of the minivan. As a result, she crossed three lanes of traffic and wrecked.


Approximately $3,000 damage was caused in the first collision to both vehicles. After the deliberate collision that followed, the minivan was a total loss and the BMW Had between$5,000 and $8,000 in damages.


1st Sgt. T.L. Greene stated that in his 22 years of law enforcement he had never seen anything like this.


Stedema and a passenger, Dawn Houser, both of Lincoln County, were transported to Carolinas Medical Center. Neither injuries appeared to be life threatening.
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