Hall of Fame board owner mistakenly slammed over road rage video

CANTON – A business leader says he receives harassing phone calls after a road rage video went viral on social media.

The man shown in the video wears a T-shirt with a similar trade name.

Darren “Pep” Bracken, who started Hall of Fame Painting more than 25 years ago, said it was mistaken identity and he wanted the nasty calls to stop.

“I’ve had the same name since 1997. I’m just a sole proprietorship,” Bracken said.

He specializes in commercial and residential painting.

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Hall of Fame Painting Mistaken Identity

On July 9, a man was recorded on cellphone video getting out of his vehicle on Tuscarawas Street W near Raff Road NW at around 1:48 p.m. and kicking the side of another vehicle on the road.

The driver of the accident vehicle recorded the incident. The video does not include what triggered the explosion.

The man wore a red T-shirt promoting a company called Hall of Fame Painting Co. LLC.

The man is shown ripping off a windshield wiper, trying to open the passenger side mirror and opening the car doors.

Once the video went viral, dozens of people searched for the company and left negative phone calls with the wrong company.

The Right Company, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, is based in Akron. The township filing could not reach the owner of the Akron business for comment.

“I was getting 22 calls a day until I left a message on my voicemail explaining the incident and explaining that it was not our employee or our company,” Bracken said.

Bracken said some of the calls were personal, with people shouting, “I hope you fail and sink.”

The driver of the accident vehicle lodged a complaint the same day with the cantonal police. The man shown in the video has not been charged.

Family talks about road rage incident

Since the video was uploaded, many viewers have asked what sparked the man’s rage.

The township filing spoke to the man’s wife who said the woman who recorded the incident allegedly cut her husband on the roadway and threw several objects out the window which hit her husband’s car .

The woman then rammed her vehicle with her car, the man’s wife said.

The family say they have received daily threats and plan to file a defamation suit against the woman who recorded the incident and promoted the video.

The woman who posted the video could not be reached for comment.

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