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Was Roger Stone Targeted in Hit-and-Run Incident?

Roger Stone, political consultant for President-elect Donald Trump, boards an elevator at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In an interview with Alex Jones, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone said his vehicle was targeted intentionally by a hit-and-run driver. Stone appeared on the program Wednesday, shortly after the incident took place.

CBS News Miami was able to confirm most of Stone’s story, which reads like something out of a blockbuster movie script.

“They just came at us full force,” Stone told CBS4 News. “The driver then threw it in reverse and took off.”

Stone, who has previously admitted to having “back-channel” communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and who more recently acknowledged trading messages with the famed Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, remains a central figure in the Congressional investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence the presidential election.

Stone was on his way to Orlando to promote his latest book on Trump when the accident occurred.

“Out of nowhere we were T-boned essentially by a late model 4-door what I’m now told was a Pontiac,” he said.

Stone said he was a passenger in the car and that the airbags deployed on his side and prevented him from being more seriously injured.

“I’m bruised but I’m OK,” he said, adding his vision is blurry.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed there was a hit-and-run crash at the time and location described by Stone.

The accident occurred at 10:45 am in Pompano Beach at NW 7th Avenue and 1st Street, according to the incident report obtained by CBS4 News.

The report states that a deputy was not dispatched to the accident until 11:56 a.m. – more than 70 minutes after the crash. The deputy arrived on the scene at 11:59 a.m.

The report makes no mention of Stone being a passenger in the vehicle.

Stone said the reason he was not listed as a passenger was because he left the scene when it became clear that a deputy was not being dispatched right away. Stone said after waiting a half hour he called an Uber to take him home while the driver of the car stayed behind.

Stone provided CBS4 News a copy of the Uber receipt showing that he was picked up at the scene of the accident at 11:08 a.m. and driven to his house in Fort Lauderdale.

Stone’s aide agreed that the driver of the other vehicle deliberately targeted them:

CBS4 News also spoke to the driver of the car, John Kakanis, who works as an aide to Stone on his book tour. He said Stone was in the passenger seat of the car at the time of the accident. He said he can’t recall if he told the deputy that Stone was in the car.

“I was pretty shaken,” he said.

Kakanis said he believed the car that hit him – a grey, four-door sedan, with tinted windows – did so deliberately.

“It looked kind of intentional,” he said.

The car then took off.

The incident report shows there was extensive damage to the passenger side of Kakanis’ car and that it had to be towed from the scene.

During Stone’s appearance on Alex Jones’ show, he speculated on why he was targeted.

https://youtu.be/sHYggucjo2k

So who might be targeting Stone? The list is a long one. Roger Stone has been in politics for more than 45 years and has made a lot of enemies. It could be related to the current controversy with the Russians, or some other campaign gambit he pulled in a previous race.

Or, it could have been a drunk driver who panicked when he got in the accident. Not likely at 10:45 in the morning, but who knows.

Stone says that someone tried to kill him with polonium around Christmas time. Polonium, a highly radioactive substance, is one of the preferred methods of assassination by the Russian FSB. He also says the CDC confirmed the polonium poisoning, but has presented no evidence to date.

But this incident was not a figment of Stone’s imagination. It actually happened, although at this point, it is difficult to prove that the vehicle was targeting Stone.