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George Zimmerman Accused of Threatening to Kill Driver in Road Incident

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By    |   Friday, 12 Sep 2014 03:46 PM

George Zimmerman has been accused of threatening to kill a driver during a road confrontation, with the driver reportedly telling police Zimmerman asked, "Do you know who I am?"

According to The Associated Press, the driver, whose name hasn't been released, told Lake Mary police officers that a truck pulled up to his car Tuesday, and the driver yelled, "Why are you pointing a finger at me?"

The truck's driver then asked the man, "Do you know who I am? I will kill you," the man told police officers, said Officer Bianca Gillett, a police spokeswoman.

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The man said he recognized the truck's driver as George Zimmerman. The man pulled into a nearby gas station and called police officers, but the truck was gone by the time they arrived, Gillett said.

Two days later, the man said that he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his work.

"He was in fear of having encountered the vehicle a second time," Gillett said.

The man called police, and officers who arrived confirmed the truck driver was Zimmerman, the police spokeswoman said.

The man declined to press charges, Gillett said.

Zimmerman's divorce attorney, Howard Iken, didn't return an Associated Press phone call Friday.

Zimmerman was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot the unarmed, black teenager in self-defense during a confrontation in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.

Relatives of Martin accused Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, of racially profiling the teen and instigating the fight. The case triggered a national debate about race and an examination of self-defense laws.

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law:

- Last year, he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn't pursue the case.

- Earlier that year, Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed. No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.

- Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.

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