The full story behind that ‘instant karma’ viral video

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Some call it karma, others call it poetic justice, but the woman who filmed a driver she said was following too closely calls it evidence.

“Florida Driver,” as she’s named herself on YouTube, does not want her name out there but said Jeffrey Travis White of Tampa got what he deserved.

The video, named “Redneck road rage / instant karma,” has more than one million hits, and the woman said that was never her intention.

She uploaded it after it went viral at work with so many coworkers asking to see it.

The woman started recording on her smartphone Monday when the 33-year-old man started tailgating her while she was riding in the left lane on a rainy State Road 41.

“The speed limit was already 55. I had slowed down to about 50 and kept going down, and I just knew because he had just cut off the person that I just passed to get in front of me,” she told FOX 13.

The video shows White pass by her on the right and slow down to run side-by-side. He gives her the middle finger, speeds off, cuts over into the left lane, over-corrects, crosses into on-coming traffic, and then slam into a light pole.

“I didn’t even realize he shot a bird at me until after the video because I was focused on the road,” she said.

The woman said she was holding her phone, filming with her right hand while steering with her left, and would have dropped the phone if she felt danger was imminent.

She said she was about to take a left turn, so there was no reason to let White pass.

After the collision, she turned around and called 911. She said White had trouble getting his truck out of the mud but eventually took off without contacting police.

FHP used her video to track him down and make an arrest.

State law prohibits driving 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit in the left lane.