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April 14, 2000

Road rage killing leads to 40-year prison term

David Doege of the Journal Sentinel staff

A man who emptied a pistol into a motorist's car in a road rage attack, killing the driver with a shot to the face, was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

"It's the kind of thing that is so scary," Assistant District Attorney James Griffin said. "You don't mess around with people on the road these days.

"If you do, what you now risk is that someone will pull out a gun and shoot at you."

(...)

The victim, Adrian Russell, 18, was fatally shot on July 2 while fleeing from the Garners in his mother's car, which he had been driving to an auto parts store.

The situation developed after a car driven by Toriano Garner, 20, stopped for a red light on Milwaukee's near northwest side, according to a criminal complaint.

A passenger in the front seat told police that when Russell's car pulled up to the stoplight beside the Garner car, glances, and then profanity-laced taunts were exchanged, according to the complaint.

The passenger in the front seat said that Toriano Garner pulled out a gun after Russell made a remark about going in his trunk, the complaint says. Russell raced away, pursued by the Garner vehicle, the complaint says.

Russell's car eventually hit a parked vehicle on N. 47th St. and came to a stop, the complaint says. When the Garner car pulled alongside, according to the complaint, Terrance Garner reached out the window from the back seat and fired seven shots into Russell's car.

Griffin noted that the pursuit and shooting occurred "in broad daylight, at rush hour" on busy Hampton Ave. at one point.

(...)

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April 24, 2000

2-Year-Old Critical in Road Rage Shooting
Boy Was in Dad's Rig, Cops Say

By Randy Wyles

VILLA RICA, Ga. (APBnews.com) -- Police across Georgia are searching for a man they say shot and critically injured a 2-year-old boy as he slept in his father's tractor-trailer.

The boy was shot about 9 p.m. Friday on Interstate 20, in this town just west of Atlanta. The child, taken by helicopter to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, remains in critical but stable condition.

Police say a man displaying a weapon, possibly a semiautomatic handgun, fired on the tractor-trailer from a red Ford car that police believe to be a Taurus or a Contour.

"Both vehicles were trying to merge into the same lane," Lt. Investigator Bobby Holmes of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department told APBnews.com. "The driver of the [Ford] apparently became enraged or upset and waved a gun at the vehicle."

Driver's family in truck

Moments later, as the tractor-trailer exited I-20 for a truck stop, the driver of the Ford came alongside and, said Holmes, "shot one time, that we know of, into the sleeper of the truck, and it struck the child."

Holmes said the Ford continued traveling west and did not stop. Inside the truck, along with the driver and his injured son, were his wife and another child.

The driver, hauling lumber to Alabama, had taken his family with him on the weekend run, a common practice among truck drivers with vehicles that contain what is known as a "sleeper" compartment just behind the cab.

(...)

Although the trucker was not able to get the car's license plate number, he told police the shooter was wearing beige pants. He also told police he saw a woman in the car.

(...)

 


Gresham News

DRIVER ARRESTED FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVING (ROAD RAGE), HARASSMENT AND MENACING WITH A WEAPON

On February 13, 2000 at 2:00 AM, Gresham Police responded to the area of NE Burnside and NE Hogan on a report of threats being made by a driver of a blue Honda to the driver of a pick-up. The driver of the blue Honda had brandished a gun and yelled to the driver of the pick-up "I’m going to shoot you with this gun." Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) dispatchers heard this phrase while they were on the phone with the victim.

As officers searched the area, a blue Honda was spotted and subsequently stopped at N/W 23rd and N/W Eastman Parkway. The driver of the vehicle (ORLANDO) was removed from the vehicle using the "felony car stop" method to ensure the safety of the officers involved as well as that of the suspect. A search of the vehicle produced a black CO2 pellet gun that looked very much like a GLOCK .45 caliber pistol.

The incident started as a dispute about the driving abilities of both drivers and escalated to the shouting of obscenities. At that point the driver of the blue Honda displayed the gun and threatened the victim. As a result, the victim felt his life was in danger and both vehicles proceeded to drive in an erratic manner.

After conducting the investigation, the driver of the blue Honda (ORLANDO) was issued citations for Aggressive Driving, Harassment, Menacing, and Careless Driving. He was then taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center where he was lodged. This case was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

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May 1, 2000

LAPD considers filmmaker's death road rage

United Press International

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Police are looking for at least one young man in connection with the apparent road-rage killing of a documentary filmmaker along a Los Angeles County freeway.

Los Angeles police said Monday that the incident began with the egging of the victim's car on the 101 Freeway in North Hollywood and ended with the 44-year-old man allegedly being run down during an altercation on the shoulder of the road.

"His career was just taking off," Det. Vince Bancroft told the Los Angeles Times. "To have it wiped out over a dozen eggs on his car, it's a shame."

The victim, Michael Craven of Canoga Park, was apparently driving on the highway shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday night when someone in a passing black Chevrolet Suburban pelted the victim's Jeep Wrangler with a barrage of eggs.

Craven then apparently pulled in front of the Suburban, forced it to pull to the side of the road and then got out of his vehicle.

"As he approached their car, person(s) inside the suspect car threw objects at him," police said. "The driver then accelerated his car and ran over the victim."

The Suburban, driven by a light-skinned, dark-haired male in a black shirt, sped off. Passing motorists pulled over to help the victim, but he died early Sunday from his injuries.

The Times said Craven, a Louisville, Ky., native, ran Michael Craven Productions out of his home.

-- Copyright 2000 by United Press International. All rights reserved.

 


May 1, 2000

Tiny Road Rage Victim Clings to Life

Associated Press Online

ERIN McCLAM

ATLANTA (AP) - Two-year-old Anthony Grimes was asleep as his father's 18-wheeler rushed down the interstate, carrying the family home to Alabama for Easter.

Then a complete stranger fired a bullet that ripped through Anthony's shoulder and the side of his face, leaving the boy clinging to life.

Now his father, Jeremy Grimes, spends hours staring through the glass of a children's intensive-care unit, at the tubes twisting out of his son's little body.

It was more than a week of sleepless nights ago when Grimes' rig and a car tried to merge into the same lane on Interstate 20 west of Atlanta, police said.

The car's driver relented but later pulled even with Grimes - and pointed a gun at him as he passed. About 20 miles later, as Grimes was preparing to exit at a truck stop, the man fired into the tractor-trailer.

Road rage - random violence committed by infuriated drivers - is becoming more common each year in traffic-choked cities like Atlanta, where commuters travel farther on average than any other city in the world.

It happens most often not in daily rush-hour snarls, when drivers expect frustration, but in moderate traffic. Road-rage incidents climb at the end of the week and in the spring and summer.

Anthony was shot just before 9 p.m. on a Friday.

This is what Grimes remembers: His wife, panicked, calling out to the boy. His other son, 4-year-old Joshua, screaming: "Pull over! Pull over!"

Blood everywhere.

In a public plea for witnesses to come forward, Grimes wondered aloud last week how anyone could live with himself after randomly shooting a 2-year-old. What could have been going through the gunman's head?

But the split-second decisions made by angry drivers defy rational thought, experts say.

"That's the problem - nothing goes through their head," said Jerry Rubenstein, who studies road rage and teaches psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York. "People go from feeling to action. The only choices are fight or flight."

The American Automobile Association's most recent road-rage study, in 1996, counted an average of nearly 1,500 incidents each year. AAA has recorded baseball bats, burritos and folding maps as instruments of road rage, hurled at other drivers.

"If it can be wielded as a weapon, people will use it," said David Willis, who heads AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety. "It's all too easy to lose control in a moment of madness."

By far, guns remain the weapon of choice, he said.

Road rage frustrates law enforcement because it is impulsive, random, anonymous and often committed by noncriminals, Rubenstein said.

In Anthony's shooting, investigators can say for sure only that the gunman was white and that his car was red and had four doors. They are fairly sure the car was a Ford but have no other certainties - much less a tag number. But they have heard from only one witness, and the family is considering hiring a private investigator.

 


May 2, 2000

BUS RAGE DRIVER TOOK PASSENGERS ON FIVE-MILE CHASE

The Guardian - United Kingdom

It is a scenario most drivers are familiar with: a car brakes abruptly and then drives erratically, forcing those around to back off.

But when one Bristol driver was confronted with such behaviour, he responded with an extreme case of road rage. The additional problem was, he was driving a packed double decker bus.

For five miles, the irate bus driver chased a dark Saab through the narrow streets of upmarket Clifton, hurling abuse at him and swerving to overtake him on blind bends.

Children were flung into the aisles as the bus sped down a steep road from the heights of the city to the bottom of a valley.

Melanie Greenwood, a journalist who experienced the ride with her 12-year-old daughter Laura, said: 'People were quiet with fear. We just couldn't believe what was happening. I kept yelling at him to stop. I thought he was going to kill us all.'

The ordeal began at around 4pm on Sunday as the Badger Line double decker -crammed with about 80 passengers, many standing - left Clifton Downs for a park and ride car park.

Minutes into the routine trip, they were flung forward as the bus braked abruptly. 'One young girl hit her head on the pole as she went for ward and children fell on the floor,' (...)

The other driver jeered in response and set off before braking abruptly, causing the bus to stop and start again.

The bus driver tried to overtake as they raced through the streets. He persisted in trying as he careered down a hill. (...)

The chase continued as the two reached the dual carriageway, but, before the bus managed to overtake, the car pulled off at a junction. (...)


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April 29, 2000

THREE YEARS FOR MAN WHO FIRED 'PISTOL' AT MOTORIST

The Scotsman - United Kingdom

A ROAD-RAGE motorist who terrorised other drivers when he pulled out a starting pistol after he was overtaken was jailed yesterday for three years.

Graeme Hall fired the pistol at another driver during a confrontation and, shortly afterwards, aimed the weapon at a bus driver who was forced to duck down as he drove on a busy Glasgow road. (...)

Hall admitted two charges of assault with the gun, along with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. Lord Johnston also disqualified him from driving for five years.

The court was told that Hall lost his temper after he was overtaken by Alan Davis as he headed towards Bishopbriggs.

When Hall caught up with Mr Davis, he overtook him and began swerving in front of Mr Davis's car. He slowed down repeatedly, causing the other driver to brake to avoid a collision and began flashing his headlights at oncoming traffic.

Mr Davis was eventually forced to a stop at a roundabout and Hall did a U-turn and drove back towards him.

Mr Davis got out of his car. Hall continued to drive towards him and when he was 10ft away leaned out of the car window and, without uttering a word, began firing the pistol at him.

After driving past, he did another U-turn and returned, again firing the pistol.

Thirty minutes later, bus driver Agha Khan was travelling on the inside lane of Cowcaddens Road in Glasgow when he saw Hall in the outside lane leaning across his car and pointing the pistol at him.

The bus driver was convinced the weapon was real and he ducked down at the wheel. (...)

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May 23, 2000

The Causes of Road Rage Are Abundant

UTICA, N.Y. (Reuters/Zogby) - What irks you the most about the actions of other motorists? For respondents to the latest Zogby America survey, it's motorists who follow too close.

The May survey of 1,236 adults nationwide showed that 23.7% hated tailgaters the most, followed by 21% who are irked by
other motorists who drive while using cell phones.

Other motorist irritations include: 13.1% are irked by people who drive too slowly, and 12.6% are bothered by drivers who fail to signal.

Speed racers raised the blood pressure the most for 7.4% of the respondents, while failing to dim their bright lights bothered another 4%. Motorists who hog two parking spaces troubled 3.7%,
motorists who fail to notice a turn signal bothered 2.9%, and overly cautious drivers pinged 1.7%.

What we asked:

``What particular action by other drivers would you say irks you the most? Following too close, driving too slow, parking in
two spaces, unnoticed turn signal, no signal, driving with bright lights glaring, over cautious, driving too fast, cell phone,

 


May 24, 2000

Scolding ends in fit of road rage
Motorist attacked by another with The Club
after lecturing him on his bad driving

Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

BIRMINGHAM -- An enraged driver took the protective promise of "The Club" a little too seriously Monday afternoon, when police report he attacked another motorist with it after being scolded about his bad driving. A Ferndale man, 34, said he was attacked after confronting a 20-year-old Royal Oak man at 2:30 p.m. Monday. The incident began on Woodward Avenue north of 14 Mile Road, according to Birmingham Police Commander Peter Kauffman. "The Ferndale man was on southbound Woodward in his pickup when he noticed a Honda Civic driving erratically in and out of traffic," said Kauffman. "The car cut him off at a turnaround so he followed it. Bad move." On Taunton Street, both drivers got out of their vehicles and "exchanged unpleasantries" until the Civic driver began swinging a "Club" steering wheel locking bar. The truck driver sped off with the Civic in pursuit. On Torry Street, the man pulled alongside the truck and swung The Club through an open window, nearly hitting the driver and striking the truck before speeding away. Kauffman noted motorists should never confront others over driving disputes, but instead report the suspect's license plate number to police.

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May 26, 2000

Co. Offers Traffic Ticket Insurance

By SARAH WYATT, Associated Press Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Think of it as insurance for traffic tickets. For a monthly fee, a motorists group will pay off your traffic fines, including those for speeding and drunk driving.

National Motorists Association is offering the plan to its 7,000 members nationwide. And while it may make some drivers happy, safety experts are concerned the program could encourage reckless driving.

The plan is designed to help drivers financially, so they can afford to hire a lawyer or prepare themselves to contest unfair or inappropriate traffic tickets, said Jim Baxter, president of the for-profit group based in Waunakee, a Madison suburb.

Under the plan, drivers make monthly payments from $5 to $50, with coverage ranging from $100 to $1,000 a ticket. The program covers an unlimited number of tickets and costs the same regardless of driving record.

(...)

Mantill Williams, national spokesman for the AAA auto club, said the plan is the first of its kind in the country and questioned its wisdom.

``It just kind of flies in the face of good sense and basic logic to us, because we think there's a direct correlation between paying fines and safer driving,'' Williams said.

(...)

Baxter said most people don't deserve traffic tickets because the laws themselves have become geared more toward producing revenue than creating safer driving conditions.

(...)

Stuart MacIntosh, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said traffic laws exists to promote safety, and the contention that they are designed to raise money is ``ridiculous.''

``The concept that you should insure yourself against fines that you receive for acting illegally and potentially putting other lives as well as your life and your children's lives at risk is an anomaly to us,'' MacIntosh said.

(...)

Baxter said he does not expect people to drive more recklessly because of the prepayment plan, since they still have insurance premiums, penalty points and the law to worry about.

``When people get in their car, do they drive in a manner that they think will endanger lives? Do they want to get points on their license? Do they want to get insurance surcharges that involve several hundred dollars? The answer is no.''

While safety advocates question the plan's rationale, some insurance officials have questions of their own. The NMA says the program is not insurance.

(...)

On the Net:

National Motorists Association: www.motorists.org

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: www.saferoads.org

 


May 5, 2000

Road-rage police officer caught on video

Police in the US who installed a video camera in a patrol car have been surprised by the first suspect they caught - a colleague.

Patrizia Giusti was off-duty in Providence, Rhode Island, when she became involved in "road rage" incident with a man who she struck in the neck and face after their cars stopped on a main road.

The officer has been suspended without pay for a month. The victim says he won't be pressing charges because he was not injured in the incident.

Giusti has been ordered to undergo anger management counselling as a result of the incident.

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May 19, 2000

Road rage grips Delhi

(...)

India's capital, Delhi, has been hit by an increase in incidents of road rage.

Two people have been killed over the past two weeks.

Delhi roads are among the most dangerous in the world and account for the greatest number of road accidents in the country.

Earlier this week, 35-year-old Jaswant Singh died after bullets were pumped into him seconds after he had an altercation with a fellow motorist.

In an incident earlier this month, Ravi Chaudhary, a businessman, was mowed down by a fellow motorist Jagral Singh outside a hotel.

Two months ago, a motorist not only knocked down a young girl but also dumped her body into a nearby drain.

Incidents of such insanity on Delhi's roads are becoming increasingly common.

Deadly toll

Delhi accounted for more than half the total number of people killed on the roads in the four metropolitan areas in 1999.

Last year, 2,040 people were killed in 1,969 fatal accidents in the city.

Dr Achal Bhagat, senior psychiatrist at one of Delhi's leading hospitals, feels that anger on the roads stems from an increasing sense of insecurity gripping Indian society.

"Vehicles are a means by which a stressed out person wants to show that he is still in control.

"They use their cars often to assert themselves and camouflage their helplessness", he told the BBC.

The police, however, do not accept this theory.

They say it merely attempts to rationalise criminal behaviour.

Kanwaljit Deol, additional commissioner of Delhi's traffic police, told the BBC that "what has happened in these incidents is nothing less than criminal behaviour.

"It cannot be linked in any way to chaotic traffic or what is termed as road rage," Mr Deol said.

Put it down to the increasing stress of urban lifestyles or pent up aggression, the hazards of driving on Delhi's roads are not confined merely to the incompetence of one's fellow motorists.

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May 25, 2000

Model jailed for road rage attack on MP

A male model who left a veteran Conservative MP with a bleeding and swollen mouth after punching him in a road rage attack has been jailed for three months.

Jason Taylor, 33, was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to Anthony Steen, an MP since 1974, for dental work, and his pain, suffering and indignity during the attack.

Horseferry Road magistrates heard the incident on September 11 last year was sparked as Mr Steen was driving home with his wife, Carolyn, when he swerved to avoid a skip full of rubbish in the road in Artillery Row, near Victoria Station, central London.

The manoeuvre angered Taylor in the car behind, who claimed it forced him to swerve into the path of oncoming traffic. He cut in front of Mr Steen, 60, forcing him to stop, and the two men got out and argued, with Taylor punching the MP for Totnes in the face.

(...)

Oliver Mishcon, mitigating, described Taylor as a model citizen but said he had suffered a momentary lapse in the incident, which happened as he was driving home with his actress wife Colleen, 26, after her performance in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre.

Mr Mishcon said: "Until September, he had in many ways been an example to others - a good son, a good husband, a good friend and a good driver. He was a good citizen and had a clean slate. In a few seconds he has gone from being a good citizen to being a convict."

(...)

But stipendiary magistrate Roger Davies said: "It is astonishing that someone like you can behave in this way."

Sentencing Taylor, he said: "The courts have made it quite clear that motorists who indulge in violence in traffic will receive a custodial sentence. They have to be shown an example.

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May 25, 2000

POLICE: DEPUTIES ARREST 30-YEAR-OLD ORCHARDS MAN AFTER ALLEGED ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

JOHN BRANTON, Columbian staff writer

Sheriff's deputies arrested a 30-year-old Orchards man Tuesday after a road rage incident in which he allegedly fought with another motorist and punched the other motorist's girlfriend.

Michael K. Posey, 13310 N.E. Kerr Ave., was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault, according to a Clark County Sheriff's Office report.

Tuesday evening, the report said, a 37-year-old man was driving home with his girlfriend, 44. As they drove on Kerr Road near the suspect's home, the 37-year-old said another motorist was tailgating him and honking his horn. The 37-year-old said he was driving 18 mph in a 25 mph residential zone.

The 37-year-old said he pulled over and got out to see what the other motorist's "problem was." They began fighting. When the woman tried to break up the fight, Posey allegedly punched her in the face and kicked her, knocking her down.

Skamania County crash: Three people were injured late Tuesday when a small truck overturned along state Highway 14 in the Skamania area west of Beacon Rock.

Taken to Portland's Legacy Emanuel Hospital were Washougal residents Norman M. "Sam" Lister, 39; Shaun M. Lister, 16; and Stevie A. Lister, 13. Norman Lister was listed in good condition Wednesday. Shaun Lister was in fair condition with a broken left elbow and broken right upper arm. Stevie Lister was in good condition with a broken collar bone and cuts.

About 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Washington State Patrol report, Norman Lister was driving a 1972 Nissan pickup west when the truck struck a dog, ran off the road to the left and rolled.

 


Hotel opens road rage pit stop

A three-star hotel in North Yorkshire has opened a road rage calming zone, allowing frustrated drivers to de-stress for two hours before continuing their journeys.

The Bridge Inn Hotel at Walshford, near Wetherby, allows drivers to book a room, lie back in the dark and listen to soothing music for what they describe as "a short break from motoring madness".

Hotel manager Brian Cunningham said: "The A1 is a race track and our hotel will act as a pit stop. Guests will leave in a happy state of mind and we will fill otherwise empty rooms so it's a win-win situation."

The hotel plans to test the idea for the summer, charging £25 for two hours, the York Evening Press reports.

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June 01, 2000

The Latest Rage in Driver Education
Students Learn and Contribute Strategies
to Thwart Aggression on the Road

By Christina A. Samuels

It was the crossbow that really made an impression.

In a video Greg Margheim showed his driver education students last week, a Massachusetts man got so furious that he fatally shot another driver with a crossbow during a road altercation.

The gruesome event was just one of several that Margheim's Woodbridge High School students confronted Friday during a unit on road rage, now mandatory in the Virginia driver education curriculum.

Margheim also let the youngsters talk about their own experiences with aggressive driving.

Almost every student--some who claimed to be blameless, others who admitted they were not so innocent--had a tale. They have been cut off in traffic. Tailgated. Flashed with headlights. One teenager was in the car with her mother, who was driving, when another driver jumped out of his car and started screaming at them.

Another said an angry driver followed her to a friend's house and parked outside for 30 minutes before driving off.

"It makes you scared," said Janell Wicker, a 16-year-old sophomore in the class who said she has been honked at. "You don't know how people are going to react."

Driver education courses across the region are adapting to growing concerns about aggressive driving and road rage. By including material about the phenomenon, its causes and how to defuse sticky situations, educators hope to help tomorrow's drivers stay calm.

In Virginia, the state legislature made it mandatory in 1998 for driver education classes to include a unit on preventing aggressive driving. Students learn how aggressive driving starts--often when one driver wants to teach another one a lesson. Students also learn how to manage their own anger and how to avoid confrontations.

In Maryland and the District, where virtually all driver education is handled by commercial driver schools, there is no specific unit on aggressive driving. However, students are taught techniques intended to reduce confrontation. Last year, Maryland created a driver education curriculum that must be followed by every licensed school in the state.

"We really don't provide a specific lesson, but we do teach many different skills that can assist the driver," said Richard Scher, spokesman for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. "If we didn't include that, we wouldn't be doing our jobs, considering that we live in the second most congested area after Los Angeles."

James Sorrell, a public school driving instructor for more than 30 years, puts young drivers through their paces at Woodbridge High and teaches classes to adults who want penalty points taken off their licenses. He, too, has noticed an increase in the attention paid to aggressive driving.

So Sorrell tells his students to keep their hands off the horn and avoid looking at other drivers--even to apologize.

"Say I've just been in a fight with my wife, and something happens. You're trying to signal, 'I'm sorry,' and I don't want to hear it," Sorrell said. "The biggest thing is to never, ever, ever make eye contact."

Young drivers, though they have more accidents than the general driving population, appear to be no more prone than others to driving aggressively, said Norman Grimm, director of driver and traffic safety services for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

"I don't think they're angry drivers. They're inexperienced drivers, and they don't understand risk-taking," Grimm said.

Those two ingredients can spark traffic confrontations. Liana Wooten, 15, a sophomore at Woodbridge High who has seen an irate driver confront her mother, said she has been tailgated and cut off, apparently for driving too slowly.

"I don't really pay attention to it ever since that person yelled at my mom," Liana said. "I see it so much. It's crazy out there. I'm not going to do anything to endanger myself, because that just scares me to death."

So, is the message getting through to students? The classes are too new for statistical evidence to show whether young drivers will have fewer accidents because they know the root causes of road rage.

But Linda Bell, head of the department that oversees driver education, said she already sees more caution among some students.

"They shouldn't be scared, but they do need to know the stuff they do in the hallways can get them into a lot of trouble out on the road," said Bell, head of the physical education department.

Sometimes their sheer inexperience can get them into trouble with other drivers.

"It's very difficult for them to stay calm when they are having to concentrate so hard on the driving process itself," Bell said. One hopeful sign, she added is that other drivers can be more tolerant when faced with inexperienced drivers.

Students in Margheim's class said they have taken away some useful information from the aggressive driving unit. Sophomore Ben Westling, 15, said he's learned that aggressive driving starts even before a driver gets behind the wheel.

"When they get in their car, they're already pissed off," he said. Sometimes he feels the same way, especially when people drive "really slow."

"I turn the music up and tap on the steering wheel. That helps."

Classmate Antwanette Daniels, 16, admitted that she got a little mad when a driver started tailing her as she practiced driving with her father.

"My dad was like, 'Just ignore him,' " she said. Her father knows about ignoring other drivers, she explained: Once another driver pulled up next to him on the highway, trying to egg him into a race. Antwanette was in the car at the time.

 


June 5, 2000

PARKING LOT RAGE

Parking feud escalates into murders

By Trent Seibert
Denver Post Staff Writer

AURORA - A man apparently angry with his neighbor because of a parking dispute shot and killed the neighbor and the neighbor's 14-year-old daughter Sunday afternoon.

(...)

"Violence I expected," neighbor Jane Howell said of the growing tension between the families who lived across the street from each other. "But not double murder." Police arrested Walker, 64, at his home shortly after the shootings. Walker apparently shot the father and daughter from his open garage as the Crihfields were backing out of their garage in a late-model burgundy Ford Explorer at 1:56 p.m.

After hearing four shots and three shrieks, neighbors Larry Roberts and Jesi Graddy ran to the site.

"Bud was in the truck," Roberts said. "Blood was everywhere." The neighborhood, located west of Chambers Road and south of Exposition Avenue, is made up of brown row homes. The roads are narrow with each home having a garage and some street parking.

The feud between the two families had been escalating for some time, according to neighbors.

Once, Walker's son parked too close to Crihfield's parking spot, neighbors said. Another time, Crihfield's wife, Rosalinde, nicked Walker's vehicle with her car, they said.

(...)

Neighbors speculated that Walker had grown tired of the feud and lay in wait until he saw Crihfield pulling out of his garage.

(...)

 


June 12, 2000

Road rage leaves one teen dead

LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 12 - Police said road rage is to blame for a weekend incident that left a teen-ager dead and two others injured by gunfire. The driver of a pickup said a van abruptly cut in front of him, an argument followed and a passenger in the van fired several shots into the pickup.

MSNBC News

 


June 12, 2000

Officers see more water rage

The (Camdenton) Lake Sun Leader


LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo., June 12 – The Missouri Water Patrol says it’s seeing more boaters on the Lake of the Ozarks who act on their anger.

(...)

“It’s just like the ‘road rage’ incidents we see on the highways but, in this case, it’s taking place on the water,” said Cpl. Randy Henry. “We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of incidents and some are getting pretty serious. We have had a few guns drawn, but so far no shots have been fired.”


These “water-rage” incidents usually involve boaters chasing each other, which can become a safety issue, Henry said. Angry, racing boaters get careless and tend to ignore other vessels and navigational hazards, he said. The boaters shout obscenities, shake fists, make rude gestures, throw things at each other, threaten others and sometimes pull guns, the patrol says. “One boat cuts another off and that’s sometimes all it takes to send the drivers into a temper tantrum that often ends after the boats have tailed each other across the lake and pulled up to a dock,” said patrol Capt. Bill Swineburg.

(...)

MSNBC and Associated Press

 


June 12, 2000

Road Rage Suspected in Fatal Shooting
Driver Seen Firing Gun After SUV Rear-ended

By Seamus McGraw

KANSAS CITY, MO (APBnews.com) -- A 15-year-old girl who reportedly spent the day shopping in preparation for her older sister's wedding was gunned down in what authorities say could be a case of road rage.

Police say D'Antreia Ashley was sitting Saturday in the passenger seat of an older Oldsmobile, which had rear-ended a large, two-tone sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Brush Creek Boulevard.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle and the driver of the Oldsmobile exchanged words, Kansas City Police Officer Steve Young said. Then, as horrified witnesses at the street corner looked on, the sport utility driver pulled out a handgun and started shooting, Young said.

Several shots hit the driver, a 17-year-old whose name is being withheld, Young said. He remained hospitalized today in critical condition, Young said.

Several more bullets struck Ashley. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

The suspect, described only as a heavy-set black man, remained at large today.

Police say it's likely that the shooting was a case of road rage, but are continuing their investigation, and have not ruled out other possible motives.

"We don't know, maybe these guys knew each other," Young said.

 


June 30, 2000

Professional Boxing

Driver fires shots at boxer Johnny Tapia

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) -- Days after being released from a psychiatric hospital in Nevada, Johnny Tapia was fired on by a driver when the champion boxer approached the car on the side of the road.

No one was injured in the confrontation near Ruidoso on Tuesday night. Tapia's wife, Teresa, said the other driver fired two shots at her husband.

Teresa Tapia; Tapia's brother-in-law, Robert Gutierrez; his cousin, Ruth, and her 5-month-old daughter also were in the car.

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Teresa Tapia told the Albuquerque Journal that Tapia's vintage car had a steering problem, and Tapia was driving slowly as he turned off toward his home. A vehicle approached from behind with high beams on and rode close to the back bumper.

``Johnny pulled over and waved the car by, but it didn't go,'' she said.

Tapia and his brother-in-law got out of their car. As they approached the other car, Teresa Tapia said the brother-in-law spotted the driver with a gun and yelled a warning to Tapia before two shots were fired.

``It just missed his stomach,'' Teresa Tapia said.

Tapia, who owns a home outside Ruidoso, was hospitalized in Las Vegas last week after police were called to his home there. Authorities said the call was to ``aid a citizen.''

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German killed in Thailand road rage incident

A German motorcyclist who made an obscene gesture to a van driver was shot dead by the angry motorist in Thailand.

Manfred Oberhauser was killed in the road rage incident in Chiang Mai province, 400 miles north of Bangkok, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chomchul Lothaisong said.

Witnesses have told police that Oberhauser was riding a motorcycle at high speed in what looked like either a race or pursuit of a black van.

Oberhauser raised his middle finger at the driver who lowered his window, fired several shots and sped off, Chumchul said.

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July 3, 2000

ROAD RAGE KILLING IN CHINA

Road rage draws death sentence for policeman

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese policeman who shot and killed a minivan driver in a fit of road rage has been sentenced to death after a campaign for justice led by the dead man's family and outraged citizens, the China Daily said. Thousands of residents of the city of Bazhou in Hebei province ringed the court to demand harsh punishment when Du Shugui went on trial Sunday, local newspapers reported. The case, widely reported in state media, touched off simmering anger against the arrogance and brutality of local officials. Du, 44, drew his service revolver and shot the driver as he stood by his vehicle after an argument over a near-collision on a highway, the media reports said. His wife and son who were traveling with him were sentenced to seven years and five years in jail respectively for harboring a criminal after the shooting. Before pulling the trigger, Du yelled: "I'm with the public security bureau, I'm on an errand -- and I don't think anyone in Bazhou can challenge me."

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July 7, 2000

Few Facts as 'Road Rage' Case Goes to Jury

David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer

Jurors are set to begin deliberations today in the "road rage" assault trial of a cabdriver, but with a dearth of eyewitness testimony about the shooting on the Georgetown University campus, the panel was left with little but the recollections of defendant and victim.

Benjamin Alcindore, 43, of Hyattsville, is accused of shooting Georgetown employee Kenneth C. "Skip" Ames Jr., 45, through his cab window after a roadside confrontation the morning of Dec. 22. Ames, hit three times, was paralyzed from the waist down.

In the light traffic of a campus deserted for Christmas, no one got a clear view of the two men struggling, which narrowed the evidence to the two men's accounts. Although the defense conceded that Alcindore shot Ames--contending that he acted in self-defense--other facts remained murky as both men contradicted each other, eyewitnesses and their own lawyers.

Testifying as the lone defense witness, Alcindore said yesterday that he was near the end of a overnight shift Dec. 22 as he entered the Georgetown campus about 8 a.m.

The prosecution had contended that Ames stopped, got out of his car and approached Alcindore's car only after reckless driving and repeated shouts and gestures by the cabby. Alcindore said he barely noticed Ames until he came running toward his car.

"When he got close, I heard he was using cursing language," Alcindore said. He said Ames put his hand in his pants pocket and repeated "You want some of this?" and "You want to get killed?" Ames, who is white, also used a racial epithet, according to the cabdriver, who is black.

Alcindore said that Ames punched, slapped and choked him while repeatedly threatening to kill him. At that point, Alcindore testified, he pulled the pistol, an unregistered 9mm, from under the seat and yelled, "Back off!"

"He [was] taking my lights out," Alcindore said. "This guy was definitely trying to kill me. I was very frightened."

When Ames then grabbed for the cocked weapon, Alcindore said, "It was an instant reaction. . . . I fired the gun."

In her closing argument, prosecutor Barbara Kittay told jurors that Alcindore's use of deadly force was unwarranted because Ames was unarmed. Alcindore "didn't simply brandish his gun; he fired it three times," Kittay said. "You don't get to take a life unless your life is threatened."

She also referred to apparent inconsistencies in Ames's testimony. Though parts of his account were supported by prosecution witnesses, he also seemed to contradict police and other witnesses about the sequence of events leading up to the confrontation.

"His memory is his memory. He doesn't know the extent to which it's compromised," Kittay said of Ames, who testified from his wheelchair last week. "I submit to you that both men have made their revisions."

While Alcindore seemed to describe firing the gun as an instinctive action, Rochon said his client acted out of a belief that Ames could kill or seriously hurt him. "He didn't get out of his car. That's the bottom line," Rochon said. "He didn't know what he faced."

In his closing argument, Rochon cited the lack of eyewitnesses as evidence that reasonable doubt could still exist about Alcindore's guilt.

"When you get down to it, nobody down there that day knows why it happened," he said. "It may be a case where you say, 'I don't know for sure what happened at the cab window.' That's fine with me."

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July 18, 2000

Girl ejected from car still in hospital

June Odessa Yago, Advertiser Staff Writer

Police are continuing their investigation into a Sunday-morning accident on the H-1 Freeway that threw an ‘Ewa Beach girl off an overpass. Eight-year-old Tiarre Farias remained in guarded condition yesterday at the Queen’s Medical Center. No charges had been filed against the two adults whom police said caused the one-car accident near Waikele by quarreling in the car before it struck a highway barrier. A 32-year-old man driving the car and his 26-year-old woman passenger were eastbound on the H-1 Freeway with four children, ages 4 through 11. Two 4-year-old boys and an 11-year-old girl were riding in the back seat of the vehicle. Tiarre was riding in a rear cargo area under the hatchback of the 1984 two-door Toyota Celica.

She was "riding in a portion that’s not designed to carry passengers," said Sgt. John Agno of the Honolulu Police Department’s traffic division. During the domestic argument, police said, the woman turned the steering wheel toward an off-ramp, but the driver turned the wheel back and lost control. The car crossed three lanes before crashing into the median barrier. The hatchback popped open and Tiarre flew out, falling 30 feet to Paiwa Street. She was taken to Queen’s in critical condition with skull injuries. but has since been upgraded to guarded condition. Only the adults were wearing seat belts. "Where the child was riding in, there wasn’t a seat or a seat belt for that child, so that’s why it’s so critical for a child to be in the proper seat and properly restrained," Capt. Bryan Wauke of the traffic division said.

A law that took effect July 3 requires back-seat passengers ages 4 to 17 to wear seat belts. Dubbed the "Tanya Act," the law was enacted in memory of Tanya Shirai, 17, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1997 while not wearing a seat belt as she was riding in the back seat. Violators are subject to a $45 fine."I tell you, it’s the worst thing in the world to lose a child," said Myles Shirai, Tanya’s father, who campaigned for the new law. "No one could imagine it unless they go through it, but it’s not worth it. It takes — what, three seconds? a couple of seconds? — to buckle up, to save a life, versus what you have to go through. The worst thing is to have your child die before you. It’s unnatural."

 


July 18, 2000

CNN Today

Gallup Poll
Americans Think People Are Becoming More Rude

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A new Gallup poll asked Americans what they think about the incidence of road rage. We get the results from Gallup's editor-in- chief, Frank Newport.

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FRANK NEWPORT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, GALLUP POLL: Hello, indeed, Natalie.

In fact, in our poll we asked Americans about all types of rude behavior, whether or not there's any more of it or less of it than there might have in the past. And sure enough, cranky -- that's the word we're going to use -- is the operative thing that we're seeing now.

Now we've broken out by age here a real question: Has rude and selfish behavior increased? And the disturbing -- I mean 78 percent of everybody says yes, that's kind of a given. But look here for 18 to 29-year-olds, it's a much smaller number, which means maybe younger Americans are kind of used to it, the thing, you know: What's happening? This is what I'm used to.

Those Americans who are older are saying: Yes, it's increased. So, that's, we think at least looking at the data, kind of disturbing.

We also asked people: Do you think people are getting angrier when they see rude behavior in return? Maybe like we saw at the hockey incident and some things like that. Forty-five percent of Americans, rather a large percent of Americans, said yes to that.

Then what you're looking at here, getting a little ahead of ourselves, is a cell phone question, which is: Have you been disturbed by cell phone users wherever you may be? And you can see that 45 percent of Americans said that.

And in terms of driving around we might point out a large percent of Americans, about two-thirds, say they would favor a law which would ban the use of cell phones altogether when people are driving around, because that disturbs people as well.

Here are the numbers we were just talking about to make sure we get it all in. These are people getting angrier, across the country, yes, those of you out in the west a little less so than elsewhere. Maybe they are more used to it as well.

At any rate, that is where Americans stand on rude, cranky and selfish behavior. In a very nice way, we'll turn it back to you.

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July 28, 2000

Deputy is victim of road rage along I-4

Amy C. Rippel of The Sentinel Staff

DEBARY -- As a Volusia County patrol deputy, Brian Pare has broken up dozens of fights.

On Thursday, Pare became the victim in a case of road rage when an irate driver on Interstate 4 grabbed him by the neck, punched him in the face and took off.

Pare, who was off duty and was driving his personal car during the attack, has a possible broken nose along with swelling and bruising around his eyes.

Now deputies are searching for the attacker.

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Pare, 23, was driving east on I-4 near the DeBary exit about 1 p.m. Thursday when a truck cut in front of him. Pare slammed on his brakes, as did the drivers behind him. It was a close call.

"He was shaken by the near accident. It was a very close call, and Pare pulled over to collect himself," said Sheriff`s spokesman Gary Davidson.

When Pare pulled over, the driver behind him did the same. The driver was irate and insisted that Pare caused the near collision. When Pare couldn`t calm the driver down, he told him he is a deputy and offered to call law enforcement to sort things out.

When Pare turned to pick up his cell phone to call 911, the driver grabbed Pare by the neck and punched him several times. The driver jumped back into his car and left.

Pare was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial in Orange City, where he was undergoing tests in the emergency room late Thursday.

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July 30, 2000

Know thyself, driver,
if you`re fed up with road rage

Pasquale DiFulco

The Courier-News

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Rounds suggested calling "our friends in Alaska," where the population density is about one person per square mile, to see if perhaps there still is a place in this country where road rage is not a problem.

Unfortunately, Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson quickly recalled an incident near Anchorage this past winter.

"Basically, there was this gentleman in a van which apparently couldn`t go too fast, and he got really tired of people passing him and honking at him," Wilkinson said.

The van driver went home and got a handgun. The next time someone behind him honked, he pointed the gun out the driver`s window to wave the honking driver past him. Instead, the other driver called the police, who pulled over the gun-toting van driver.

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So maybe there still is a place where road rage is the exception -- the occasional irate van driver excluded. OK, it`s more than 4,400 miles from Central Jersey, but technically, it is in the United States.

So, too, is Hawaii, which is home to Leon James, a professor of traffic psychology at the University of Hawaii who is known as Dr. Driving. James, who is co-author (with his wife, Diane Nahl) of the upcoming book "Road Rage and Aggressive Driving," is considered the world`s foremost expert on road rage.

"What`s going to solve the problem," James said, "is to take a three-step approach."

Here are the three steps:

·Acknowledge that you drive too aggressively, which statistics suggest you probably do. "More than 90 percent of drivers break the speed limit, half of all drivers change lanes without signaling and three-quarters of all drivers follow too close," James said. "There has to be a greater awareness."

·Monitor yourself while driving. "Carry a tape recorder in the car and speak your thoughts out loud, then listen to the tape," James said. "Then you`ll begin to realize and then you`ll believe you`re a maniac. I was."

·Modify your behavior. "Take one little step at a time," James said. "`Today, I`m not following too close,` or `Today, I`m letting people in and will stop closing the gap between cars.`"

It sounds simple enough, and if everyone were to follow this advice, we just might all get along.

Failing that, some of us might consider moving to Alaska.

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August 2, 2000

China Executes Road-Rage Killer Policeman

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has executed a policeman who sparked a public outcry against police arrogance when he shot and killed a minivan driver in a fit of road rage, the Liberation Army Daily reported on Wednesday.

Du Shugui, 44, was put to death on Tuesday, about two months after he drew his service revolver and shot a mini-van driver as he stood by his vehicle after an argument over a near-collision, the military newspaper said.

Before pulling the trigger, Du yelled: ``I'm with the public security bureau, I'm on an errand -- and I don't think anyone in Bazhou can challenge me.''

He was sentenced to death last month after a campaign led by the dead man's family and outraged residents of the city of Bazhou in Hebei province.

The June 4 killing of an electric company maintenance man, widely reported in state media, touched off simmering anger against the high-handedness and brutality of local officials.

Du's wife and son, who were traveling with him, were sentenced to seven years and five years in jail for harboring a criminal after the shooting.

The Liberation Army Daily did not say how Du was executed. Capital punishment in China is usually carried out with a bullet to the back of the head.

 


August 7, 2000

Road rage suspect in jail until bond hearing Friday
Bruno appeared before Hillsborough County Judge Walter Heinrich Junior Monday morning.

TAMPA – The charge is serious - murder in the second degree - reads Judge Walter Heinrich Jr.

But Robert Glenn Bruno’s court appearance Monday morning is not the first time he’s been in trouble. Bruno, 31, is accused of a road rage attack last Tuesday night that escalated, police say, from a high speed chase down Memorial Boulevard to murder. One bullet fired through the car window killed 37-year-old Fernando Malagon, who was driving a silver gray Volvo. Malagon lived in Largo and worked as a martial arts instructor. Prosecutors say Bruno should stay locked up until trial. Assistant State Attorney Dean Tsourakis told Judge Heinrich that Bruno’s record of violence includes a reckless display of a deadly weapon in 1992.

But Bruno’s attorney Brian Gonzalez says none of the charges ever stuck, they were either dismissed or never pursued by prosecutors. “The majority of his interaction with law enforcement has been traffic related,” he said. In fact, Bruno’s record behind the wheel is extensive. It runs four pages and stretches back to the mid-1980s, with citations for five traffic accidents, including speeding, careless driving and driving with a suspended license. Gonzalez says Bruno is taking his newest charge seriously. “He’s scared,” Gonzalez said.

Judge Heinrich ordered Bruno to stay in jail until a full bond hearing Friday morning. The victim’s family declined to talk about Bruno or his record, saying only that they are grateful so many people called police with information that helped detectives make an arrest

 


August 7, 2000

Road rage cited in fatal crash

CINDY HORSWELL Copyright 2000 Houston Chronicle

THE WOODLANDS -- A 21-year-old Houston man -- accused of causing a fatal road-rage crash -- tearfully told investigators that he wished he could trade places with the man who died, authorities said Monday.

Clint Paschal, a college student majoring in criminal justice, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Thomas Lloyd, 52, a lawyer from The Woodlands. He also was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle in connection with injuries suffered by Lloyd's seven teen-age passengers, and one count of failure to stop and render aid.

He was released Monday night on bonds totaling $45,500.

Paschal, of the 5800 block of Queensgate, apparently had become enraged after Lloyd's Ford Expedition pulled in front of his Dodge Ram pickup Sunday night on Woodlands Parkway, state troopers said.

They said he pulled in front of Lloyd and slammed on his brakes, touching off a "cat-and-mouse" game that led to the fatal crash about 7:20 p.m.

Trooper Angela Fountain said Paschal was "extremely remorseful" when she talked with him about the incident.

"He was crying in my arms," she said, "screaming at the top of his lungs that he would give his life for the other man's if he could -- he would take it all back."

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Lloyd was driving his two daughters and their friends to see a movie when he changed lanes and apparently cut too close in front of Paschal's truck, forcing Paschal to brake quickly, Fountain said.

Paschal then pulled in front of the Expedition and slammed on his brakes, after which the two drivers cut each other off several times, Fountain said.

Lloyd finally lost control of his Expedition while trying to avoid hitting the rear of Paschal's truck, the trooper said. His vehicle careened onto the median, crashed through some pine trees and flipped over.

Lloyd suffered head injuries and was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he died early Monday. The teens were released from an area hospital after treatment for cuts and bruises.

Lloyd's daughter Jennifer, 14, was riding in the front seat and suffered cuts when the windshield collapsed onto her, Fountain said. Rescue workers had to cut part of the vehicle away to free her, the trooper said.

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Fountain said the girls told officers they recalled Lloyd going around the truck repeatedly, but they thought he was trying to get away from the other driver.

"But I'm not sure they were really aware of what was happening," she said. "These drivers cut in front of each other about five times while traveling east for about three-tenths of a mile."

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After the Expedition crashed, Fountain said, Paschal continued down the road until Montgomery County sheriff's Deputy Jason Moore stopped him for speeding.

Moore had clocked Paschal at 75 mph and was writing a speeding ticket when "some hysterical young girls rushed up and told him that there had been a serious accident down the road," said Fountain.

"Paschal agreed with them, saying, `Yeah, there was an accident back there,' " but he didn't mention his role in the crash, Fountain said.

The deputy quit writing the ticket, returned Paschal's license and rushed to the accident site, where he learned that a green truck matching Paschal's had fled the scene, Fountain said.

Moore, who still had Paschal's license plate number, alerted other officers. By that time, Fountain said, Paschal had headed back to the accident scene.

He was arrested near a roadblock site close to the accident scene.

"He said that he had been so scared and shaking after being stopped for speeding that he could hardly drive," Fountain said. "They pulled off the road and talked about what to do for a little while and then decided to go back. But by then, it was too late, really. They had left the scene."

Although both drivers had engaged in the cat-and-mouse game, she said, the one who causes the injury is held responsible.

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August 7, 2000

Man arrested after shooting motorist
in apparent road rage

TAMPA - Police have arrested a man who they say fatally shot another driver in an apparent case of road rage.

Robert Glenn Bruno, 32, was arrested late Saturday and charged with second-degree murder for Tuesday's slaying of Fernando Malagon, 37.

Police said Sunday that Malagon, driving a 1996 Volvo, cut off Bruno's Nissan. Bruno began chasing Malagon at speeds near 100 mph, until Malagon stopped near Interstate 275, they said.

Bruno then left his car and shot Malagon through his car's window with a large-caliber handgun, police said.

Tampa homicide police arrested Bruno without incident, following numerous tips to the shooter's identity. Police say they are still searching for another occupant of Bruno's Nissan who fled the scene.

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August 8, 2000

Road rage scuffle winds up with
officer in choke hold

Troy Laack of The Press Staff

A Sheboygan Falls man appeared in court Monday after allegedly being involved in a road rage battle that ended with the victim putting a choke hold on a police officer.

Kelly J. Bilgrien, 27, of 210 Wisconsin Ave., was charged in Sheboygan County Circuit Court with felony battery to a police officer and misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and a second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Sheboygan Police Detective Noel Winscher said the incident began with a conflict between Bilgrien, the driver of a GMC Jimmy, and a 19-year-old Sheboygan man, the driver of a Dodge Neon, at Eighth Street and Jefferson Avenue at 11:27 p.m. Saturday.

Bilgrien allegedly made an illegal U-turn, almost hitting the Neon. The Sheboygan man followed and the two allegedly shouted obscenities at each other, Winscher said. The two drove to the Night Moves tavern, 516 S. Eighth St., where they got into an argument.

An unidentified male passenger in the Neon then allegedly threw a beer bottle, which hit Bilgrien in the head, cutting him. The unidentified male ran off and Bilgrien pursued him on foot.

A 27-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman got out of the Jimmy and allegedly drove off in the Neon, chasing after Bilgrien and the unidentified male, Winscher said. Police stopped the woman at Eighth Street and Center Avenue because she allegedly drove the car the wrong way on a one-way street and began putting her through field sobriety tests. The Sheboygan man, who was about a block away, approached officers and identified the Neon as his car.

Bilgrien allegedly ran to Eighth Street and Center Avenue, bumping one officer as he ran by and put Officer Paul Olsen in a choke hold, Winscher said. Six officers were able to take Bilgrien to the ground, Olsen delivered "some diffused strikes" and handcuffs were put on him, said the criminal complaint.

Olsen sustained neck and jaw pain and a severe headache as a result of the choke hold.

Police took Bilgrien to Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, where he received six stitches for the cut on his head, even though he originally declined medical treatment. The unidentified male who hit Bilgrien with the beer bottle remained at large Monday.

The Sheboygan Falls woman was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and the Sheboygan man was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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August 10, 2000

Road rage taken to new level; acid tossed at victim

WILLERNIE, Minn. (AP) _ A case of road rage in this St. Paul suburb ended with one man getting acid thrown in his face, police said. Jerry Olson, 51, said he was driving home Aug. 3 when he noticed a car in front of him moving erratically. As Olson passed, he said, the other driver swerved to hit him and made an obscene gesture. Olson said he responded with a similar gesture.

After Olson got home, a man knocked on the door and threw what was believed to be battery acid at Olson. He suffered burns to his face and upper body, and eye and sinus damage. "This is beyond reasoning," he said. "I don"t know how to explain it ... other than all the anger that"s in the world." Olson has had to return to a hospital for treatment each day since the incident. He still can"t drive, has no sense of smell and has to put drops in his eyes every two hours. He said he worries that he may have suffered permanent damage to his right eye. Police were searching for the acid thrower and another young man who was in the rusty 1980s Buick with him.


August 10, 2000

Murphy: road rage program working

JIM KINNEY, The Saratogian

BALLSTON SPA -- The University at Albany has been successful in helping calm Saratoga County's road rage. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III released results from the year-old cooperative venture Wednesday.

Murphy, concerned about ways to combat aggressive driving, was sending people convicted of traffic violations and nonviolent misdemeanors to the university. The drivers were subjects for a study at the university's Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders. The university picked up the tab for the research.

Saratoga County is the only county to participate in the ongoing program.

The 27 offenders in the study were able to satisfy their criminal conviction by participating in the weekly classes.

One man told researchers that he ''would have killed someone on the road'' if he hadn't modified his behavior, according to the release.

The participants were asked to record themselves as they drove. But the end, 86 percent of the participants reported a 50 percent improvement in their behavior. Almost two-thirds of the participants reported a 75 percent improvement.

Murphy said he will keep on sending people into the program.

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August 11, 2000

Brothers sentenced for road-rage killing

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) _ A man who fired a shotgun at three women riding home from a Christmas shopping trip, killing one, was sentenced Friday to life in prison. His brother, who had pursued the women for 20 miles on an isolated road, received a term of 25 years. A passenger in the car, 73-year-old Germaine Clarkston, was struck in the hip Dec. 4 and died two days later. The driver, Michelle Wilson, was hit in the leg by shrapnel but not seriously injured. David Starkey Jr., 25, maintained that the double-barreled shotgun went off by mistake. "It was not intentional," Starkey said, turning to face the Clarkston family before sentencing. "You have my best wishes and all my prayers."

At Starkey"s trial in June, defense attorney Thomas Ross argued that his "young and dumb" client "had an attack of the crazies" and fired accidentally. The jury found Starkey guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree attempted murder. Starkey will be eligible for parole in 22 years.

The driver, Daniel Starkey, told police he was angered by Wilson"s erratic driving. He said he pursued the car with his horn blaring and headlights flashing because he thought she was "messing with me." Daniel Starkey, 20, was convicted at a separate trial in June of the second-degree murder of Clarkston and the attempted murder of the other two women. The Starkeys, who are white, had initially faced hate crime charges because the women are black. But the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

 


August 12, 2000

Father, daughter charged in road rage incident

By James O'Keefe

A Greenwich man and his daughter were arrested yesterday after they attacked a motorist in downtown Stamford and assaulted the police officer who tried to stop them, police said.

Amanda Mancuso, 23, jumped onto Officer John Wyne's back and began punching and kicking him as he attempted to take her father, Salvatore, 43, into custody following the road rage incident that occurred on Summer Street at about 2:40 p.m. during a rain storm, police said.

When Officer David Gladstone tried to intervene, the daughter attacked him and tried grab the handle of his gun before she was subdued, police said.

Wyne and Gladstone received minor injuries in the fracas and sought medical treatment, police Sgt. Robert Latosh said. Gladstone's eyeglasses were also damaged.

Salvatore and Amanda Mancuso, both of 132 Josephine Evaristo Ave., Greenwich, were each charged with assault on a police officer, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and conspiracy. Salvatore Mancuso was also charged with reckless driving.

The father and daughter were being held in police custody last night on a $250,000 bond each and are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 25 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Police said the incident started when Salvatore Mancuso sought revenge on the male driver of an sport utility vehicle he claimed cut him off.

Salvatore Mancuso pulled his Pontiac in front of the SUV on Summer Street, forcing the vehicle to a stop, police said.

"(The Mancusos) exited their vehicle in an enraged state of mind yelling and swearing uncontrollably," according to a police report. "They approached the driver's side door of the victim's vehicle and began kicking the door and punching the windows."

The duo managed to get a door open and started punching the 56-year-old victim, police said. Wyne was directing traffic at a construction site nearby and ran over to help, Latosh said.

Wyne grabbed Salvatore Mancuso and attempted to restrain him, but Mancuso resisted, police said. The officer eventually doused the man with pepper spray in order to bring him to the ground, police said.

That's when Amanda Mancuso jumped on Wyne and began punching and kicking him in the back and shoulders, police said. Wyne also used pepper spray on the daughter, police said.

Gladstone was responding to an unrelated accident when he happened upon the scene, police said. He yanked the daughter off of Wyne and helped him handcuff the father, police said.

Amanda Mancuso then hopped onto Gladstone's back, police said and attempted to reach for his revolver. He pushed her off his back and took her into custody without further incident, police said.

 


August 15, 2000

Driver guilty of road rage will avoid prison

Tom Sheehan and Frank Hinchey Dispatch Staff Reporters
Jeff Cope / For The Dispatch

DELAWARE, Ohio -- The judge and jury in a Delaware County road-rage case disagreed on the sentencing of a Columbus salesman convicted of using his car as a weapon.

Prosecutors had told Judge Everett H. Krueger that they wanted Robert Henning to serve time. So did the jury, according to its foreman. Krueger stopped short, instead sentencing Henning to house arrest, community service and fines.

"The jury made a finding. You're guilty,'' Krueger told Henning yesterday in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court. "The same jury that found you guilty -- in talking to them -- said there was no strong support in sending you to prison.''

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"It's upsetting. We weighed very heavily our decision. We knew it affected a man and a family's life for possibly years to come.''

Krueger placed Henning on five years of community control, which can include probation; six months of house arrest; fined him $3,500 plus court costs; suspended his driver's license for two years; and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service.

Henning, 42, faced a maximum of eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of using his car as a weapon while chasing Claudine DeGennaro of Mentor along I-71 through Delaware County.

Henning yesterday for the first time apologized for his behavior on March 29, 1999. DeGennaro reportedly was too frightened to appear in the courtroom and didn't hear him.

"I made a lot of mistakes on the road that day,'' said Henning, who last month testified at trial that DeGennaro had victimized him.

"I wish it had never happened. My intention is never to hurt anyone . . . I'm truly sorry for the incident that took place. I take full responsibility this happened,'' Henning said.

At his trial, Henning said DeGennaro, 30, was the aggressor. The jury didn't believe him, Kramer said, adding that the panel also thought that Henning should have received anger-management counseling.

(...)

"Road rage, or whatever you want to call it, is a very serious problem in the United States,'' Benis said. "The sentence that the judge did give him was a pretty strict sentence.''

Assistant county prosecutor Rosemary Rupert said prison would have been appropriate -- as punishment and a deterrent to others.

"To not do so would demean the serious nature of this offense,'' Rupert told Krueger in the courtroom.

"The defendant shows no remorse. To this day, in his opinion, he is still the victim . . . Claudine DeGennaro . . . to this day, is frightened of this man.''

(...)

At Hennings' trial, Trooper Timothy E. Keels testified that at about 7 p.m. on March 29, 1999, he heard truck drivers conversing via CB radio about two cars speeding and driving recklessly southbound on I-71 in northern Delaware County.

Keels caught up to the cars just north of the exit for Rts. 36/37 and said Henning's car forced DeGennaro's car onto the berm of the road. Keels arrested Henning after the two cars pulled off at the exit.

DeGennaro, an auditor for Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, was traveling to Cincinnati that day and was in the left lane passing a series of trucks when a car pulled up behind hers and started flashing its lights.

The two cars then became involved in a high-speed game of cat and mouse.

(...)

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Next time you see a car in great hurry--make way. Maybe a baby is on its way!

August 13, 2000

More Babies Being Born in Traffic

CHAD ROEDEMEIER, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Worried about giving birth in the back seat of the car and nearly irrational with pain, Allison Reamer screamed at her mother: ``Drive aggressively, this baby's coming!''

But the road rage wasn't going to get Reamer to the hospital. She was stuck in morning rush-hour traffic behind hundreds of cars inching along the perpetually jammed highways north of Atlanta.

``You panic,'' said Reamer. ``I just thought Mom was going to have to deliver him right there. We were not moving at all.''

Atlanta traffic has already been blamed for creating heavy smog and long commutes. Now add one more problem to the list: More babies are being born on highways because traffic jams keep pregnant women from getting to the hospital on time.

(...)

No one keeps exact statistics on the number of women who give birth in transit, but ambulance drivers, doctors and state patrol officers say it is happening more often as Atlanta's traffic gets worse.

Reamer, whose husband was playing in a golf tournament in California when she went into labor, had to travel about 20 miles south to Northside Hospital in Atlanta. It took her mother an agonizing 45 minutes to drive the first four miles.

``I was just crying and hollering,'' said Reamer. ``I started telling her to drive, but there was nowhere to go.''

(...)

When they realized they wouldn't make it to the hospital on time, Reamer's mother called 911, and an ambulance met their car on the shoulder of the highway, which was already clogged with cars.

Once in the ambulance, the emergency technician strapped Reamer in and raced down the grassy median. Fifteen minutes after arriving at the hospital, Reamer gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 9:03 a.m. But the 32-year-old said the experience was so scary she doesn't want to have a third baby.

``I just never thought I'd have him during rush hour,'' she said.

(...)

Though it may be traumatic, giving birth on the side of the road often goes smoothly.

``It theoretically can be potentially dangerous, but the babies that come fast like that tend to be simple, straightforward deliveries,'' said Dr. William T. Cook, staff obstetrician at Piedmont Hospital.

 


August 17, 2000

Man killed in accident; police blame aggressive driver

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis man died in an accident that police believe was caused by an aggressive driver who fled the scene.

Police continued to seek the identity of the driver who left the accident.

Anthony Walsh, 23, died when he was partly ejected from his 1988 Chevrolet pickup, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. He was not wearing a seat belt. Two other drivers involved in the accident were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

(...)

According to witnesses, two young women in a black compact Chrysler were following a 1994 Ford Escort too closely. The Escort was driven by Robin Kientzel, 42, of St. Charles.

Kientzel switched to the far right lane. The black car then passed her and cut her off, authorities said. Kientzel switched between the two far right lanes twice more in an attempt to get away, but the Chrysler continued to switch lanes and cut her off, authorities said.

The last cut-off caused Kientzel to lose control and strike the guardrail. The force swung Kientzel's car back onto the highway into the path of Walsh's pickup, authorities said. As Walsh's pickup overturned and slid down the highway, it was struck by another pickup.

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August 18, 2000

Woman arrested as "road rage" accessory

A woman has been charged with helping hide a car used in a road-rage killing, and twice moving it when police came looking for it.

Deborah L. Buhrman, 28, of Land O’Lakes, was charged Friday with tampering with evidence and being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.

Police said Robert Bruno, 31, was driving Buhrman’s red Nissan coupe Aug. 1 when he became angry because Fernando Malagon cut him off. After a five-mile chase, the two motorists pulled over.

Detectives said Bruno walked over to Malagon’s vehicle, shot him with a pistol, then drove off in the Nissan with passengers. Buhrman was not in the car at the time, police said.

Buhrman moved the car from her garage to a friend’s garage, then later to a parking lot and on Friday finally told detectives where to find the vehicle, investigators said.

by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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