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Driver charged in road rage crash on Coronado Bridge

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    Driver accused of road rage on Coronado Bridge

    Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:58:31 GMT
    An alleged case of road rage on the Coronado Bridge. Prosecutors say Phillip Eggers intentionally rammed his car into a motorcyclist and his passenger. Wednesday afternoon Eggers pleaded not guilty. 
    An alleged case of road rage on the Coronado Bridge. Prosecutors say Phillip Eggers intentionally rammed his car into a motorcyclist and his passenger. Wednesday afternoon Eggers pleaded not guilty. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man accused in a road rage incident on the Coronado Bridge made his first court appearance Thursday. Phillip Eggers is accused of using his car to ram a motorcycle, injuring two people in May.

The four broken bones in her foot have Roxanna Finnell bound to a wheel chair. That's just one of her injuries.

"The radius of my elbow, it was fractured. It was an open fracture," Roxanna said.

Her husband doesn't even remember the accident, just what led up to it.

"I have a major concussion that's caused some mental processing issues," Rodney Finnell said.

Rodney says on May 4, they were driving south on Interstate 5 on their motorcycle when a BMW driven by Phillip Eggers cut them off. A little bit later, it happened again. They weren't the only ones who noticed the erratic driving. Officer Craig Evans was off duty at the time.

"He was going so fast he was going to run into the rear end of my truck," Evans said.

He says once they got onto the Coronado Bridge, the Finnells pulled up next to Eggers, yelled at him, and then flipped him off. It was then that he says Eggers turned left and hit the couple.

"The driver and passenger of the motorcycle were ejected from the motorcycle, they flipped in the air a few times, rolled several times down the number two lane. Motorcycle went to the center median and the BMW accelerated away," Evans testified.

Evans followed Eggers and arrested him.

"Initally he said 'I didn't see them.' Then he said 'I don't know why.' He just kept saying 'I don't know why' and he began to sob," Evans said.

What's at issue if Eggers intentionally hit the two. His lawyer admits he's a bad driver, but the incident was an accident and he never knew the Finnells were there.

"To make the jump that he became some sort of violent maniac and tried to intentionally run down a motorcycle just for flipping him off -- there hasn't even been any evidence that he saw them flipping him off. He never gestured back," defense attorney Brian Mason said.

Roxana isn't sure if it was intentional, but witnesses think it was.

Eggers faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count child endangerment. If convicted, he faces up to nine years in jail.

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