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Caught on camera: Bystanders had to step in as drivers brawled on highway in road rage incident

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STUART, Fla. — The video is disappointing to watch.

Recorded by another driver Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21, it shows two vehicles — a car and a minivan — heading down Kanner Highway in Stuart, Fla. We don’t see what leads up to the confrontation, but the car appears to be driving slowly in front of the minivan — even jumping in front of the van when the driver tries to change lanes.

The two cars get to the intersection of U.S. 1 and Kanner. Almost immediately, three men get out and brawl in the middle of the busy road.

“Bystanders were involved trying to break them up, and the potential of those bystanders also getting hurt during this is increased,” said Jeff Kittredge with the Stuart Police Department.

Kittredge said the men in the car, Eric Gerstmann and Sean Gerstmann of Port Saint Lucie, drove away at the end the fight, but were arrested just down the road.

“Not only are you putting yourself in danger, but you’re also putting other motorists in danger with aggressive driving,” Kittredge said.

Some said it shows we still have a long way to go.

“A lot of people are fueled off of hate and anger, and not love and passion,” said Victor Diodato.

“It just shows how little respect we have for each other,” said Joseph Neuroth. ” I hope one day we can stop and think instead of act on impulse. You never know whose day you’re ruining.”

Eric and Sean Gerstmann are charged with disorderly conduct. Eric Gerstmann was also charged with resisting arrest without violence.

Investigators say they are still looking for the other driver for questioning as the investigation continues.

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