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Truck driver points gun at township resident

June 8, 2011

The Horton Township Supervisors discuss installing traffic signs on Shawmut Road with a concerned Brockport resident. Photo by Gian DeLoia.

BROCKPORT – Brockport resident Jeff Rhed attended Wednesday's Horton Township Supervisors meeting to request the installation of traffic signs along Shawmut Road after a truck driver pointed a pistol at him in front of his residence.
"I relayed a message to the state police about possibly getting a sign to post that reads that anything over 10,000 pounds has to go 25 miles per hour because those big gas trucks come wheeling down there at 45-50 miles per hour," Rhed said.
"You have to go slow, the road is so rough and you've got to stay in the middle, because you are riding in the bumps and potholes.
"I've tried, I have hollered at the Marcellus trucks to slow down."
According to Rhed, the incident occurred Friday, June 3 at 4 p.m.
"I was filleting some fish in front of my house," Rhed said. "My house is a car width away from the road and this one truck came flying down and he was on the berm, if he wouldn't have moved over a bit, he would have taken out one of those prop poles that sits right in front of my house. He went by and I screamed at him and another truck came down the same way.
"I walked out into the middle of the road and the driver came to a complete stop and I was screaming at him telling him to slow down."
Rhed noted that he informed the driver that the speed limit was 35 miles per hour.
"The driver decided to tell me to screw myself and then he floors it, squeals tires, so I hit the back end of his truck and he slams on the brakes and starts fiddling with something, he comes out the driver's side window with a pistol and points it right at me. He said, 'next time this happens I am going to shoot you.' He goes, 'mark my words, next time you will get shot.'"
Supervisor Jeff Johnson informed Rhed that he made the right decision in contacting the state police.
"It's a state right-of-way, so you are going to have to go through the state or have the state police call the Department of Transportation to see what they can do for you because otherwise we can't go out there and put signs up because it's not a township road," Johnson said. "If it was a township road we could do that for you in a heartbeat; seeing that it is a state road, I don't think we can do that."
Johnson encouraged the community to write down the license plate numbers of the vehicles and start contacting the state police.
"I haven't gotten more than five or six hours of sleep since," Rhed said. "Every car that goes down by the road, I am looking out the windows."

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