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Local Nerds Threaten to Veer off Rails, Incite Road Rage
by Mikael Wood
September 10 - 16, 2003

Afriend got a ride back to New York from Pittsburgh earlier this year with nattily dressed local pop-rockers Bishop Allen. (Full disclosure: This meant I didn't have to go pick him up.) The van's weary gears ground to a halt immediately after making it through the shoulder-less Holland Tunnel. That sense of near disaster suffuses Bishop Allen's self-released debut Charm School, a good-natured, alternately rocking and rolling blast of Squeeze-might-be-giants pop that isn't ashamed of a "little black ache" (or the boatload of rock-historical references it spearheads) but knows the quiet allure of a "queen in a bright sundress."

 

Nerds to the core, they're a great complement to rabid NYC cool-hunting: For every gnarled Modest Mouse riff like the one in "Busted Heart" there's a musty "Never My Love" lick like in "Things Are What You Make of Them." "Ghosts are good company," they admit like good retro-rockers, but one song later they're falling into a drama-kid orchestra pit of Lite Brite twinkles. They threaten to veer off the rails throughout—runaway guitar chatter in the title track, scenester logorrhea in "Eve of Destruction," dime-store rockabilly twang in "Penitentiary Bound"—yet squeak by with a last gasp of cherry tears. Angry motorists would hate them.

Original Article found here:  http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0337/wood.php

 

VICTIM, 95 BUTTED IN ROAD-RAGE NIGHTMARE

16:00 - 09 September 2003

A 95-year-old man was in hospital today after being head-butted and punched by a driver in a road- rage attack.

The pensioner was left lying on the ground after the vicious, unprovoked assault.

It is understood the attacker - aged between 20 and 30 - had been arguing with the OAP over a private parking space.

It is understood it is not the first time the pensioner has challenged pirate parkers outside his home.

Today the victim's son said: "My dad lay unconscious on the ground for some time.

"But he then came to and managed to get up, go to a phone and call the police."

Grampian Police have launched a major inquiry into the incident and appealed for witnesses. The incident happened at 3pm yesterday in the Carden House car park, on Carden Place.

The victim, who does not want to be identified, lives in a basement flat attached to Carden House.

It is understood he tried to prevent a young motorist from parking in a restricted bay outside in the grounds.

A city council spokesman today confirmed Carden House was previously used to provide accommodation for education officials.

However, it is still owned by the council and members of the public are not allowed to park there.

It is understood the pensioner has been involved in an on-going battle with drivers parking illicitly outside the front door of his home.

A former council worker, who was based at Carden House, said the man had confronted him several weeks ago about the problem.

"I had parked there and he spoke to me about permission to park," said Richard Wylie, 45, of Aberdeen's Union Grove.

"I didn't know anyone lived there. I hardly ever saw the man, even when I worked there."

Mr Wylie, now a voluntary tutor in literacy and numeracy, parked his car at Carden House this morning.

"I park here about once a week but I now park at the other side of the building," he said.

It is understood neighbouring business people from secretaries to solicitors also use the Carden Place car park.

Investigating the incident is Pc Amanda Young, who said: "The elderly man was head-butted and punched in a road rage-type incident. This is an appalling and seemingly unprovoked attack on a vulnerable elderly gentleman who was left lying on the ground injured and alone."

The victim at first declined medical attention but was later convinced by relatives to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he stayed overnight.

He remained there today but was expected to be released home later.

The attacker was in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 10in, average build, with a short, dark beard.

Officers were today expected to carry out house-to-house inquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police are also anxious to trace the driver of a black saloon car seen in the area at the time.

Officers said the driver may be a witness to the incident.

Grampian Senior Citizens Forum chairman, Bill Knight, said: "I find it absolutely horrifying that this has happened at all. What makes it worse is that it happened against someone of such an age."

Anyone with information should call (01224) 386000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Original Article found here:

http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=84106&command=displayContent&sourceNode=83936&contentPK=6975058

 

 

No charges filed in road rage case
  
By Martha Fulkerson
 
Criminal charges will not be filed against a rural Colfax man involved in a shooting last December.
 
Matthew H. Gevers, 39, 9290 W. Boone County Road 900N, was initially accused of fatally shooting Kevin Buchanon, 37, Clarks Hill,
 following an alleged road rage incident that began on U.S. 52 south of Lafayette.
 
“There really wasn’t much physical evidence,” said Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Tim Kern of his decision not to file charges.
“He (Gevers) told police what happened and he’s the only witness we know of to the shooting.”
 
The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 10 as the men were en route to work.
 
The two drivers, Buchanon in a 1995 Dodge Ram and Gevers in a 1992 Mazda 626, were both northbound on U.S. 52. Kern said Gevers admitted 
to driving closely behind Buchanon at one point, but then proceeded to pass him on the right. 
 
Buchanon then followed Gevers to Rascal Drive, and Gevers parked in a cul-de-sac off Concord Road, Kern said. Buchanon got out of his truck,
 while Gevers remained seated in his vehicle. Gevers stated he had a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol on his lap, Kern said. He noted that Gevers
 did have a gun permit.
 
Gevers stated he did not point the loaded gun at Buchanon. 
 
“(Buchanon) said he was going to kill him for riding up on him,” Kern said. 
 
As Buchanon approached, Gevers stated he raised the gun to his chest, but did not point it. Gevers was then struck in the mouth by Buchanon, Kern
said, and the gun went off as Gevers’ head went back. 
 
Gevers drove to Sunbelt Rentals to call 911. 
 
“He never claimed self-defense,” Kern said. “He said he didn’t remember pulling the trigger, that it just went off and he heard it go off.”
 
One bullet punctured Buchanon’s shoulder and exited, Kern said. The bullet was never recovered.
 
Ballistic tests were conducted on the weapon, and the scene was reconstructed. Kern said investigators were able to recreate the same trajectory of the
 bullet, and they were unable to refute or disprove Gevers’ statements.
 
Kern said Gevers cannot be charged criminally but could face civil liability if the victim’s family pursues it.
 
“It’s a tragic set of circumstances,” Kern said. “I think both of them could have made better choices that morning.”
 
Kent Moore, Gevers’ attorney, said he is pleased with the outcome. He said he first learned of the prosecutor’s decision Friday morning. 
 
“He (Gevers) feels very bad that something like this occurred,” Moore said.
 
 Original Article found here:
http://www.ftimes.com/Main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=18128

 

 
 
Police condemn road rage attack
 

Police have condemned as "appalling" a road rage attack on a 96-year-old man in Aberdeen.

Officers hunting the attacker said the incident happened on Monday afternoon in Carden Place, a plush area of Edwardian terraced houses.

It is believed to have occurred after the man asked a motorist to not to park in his driveway.

The victim's injuries are not thought to be serious, a Grampian Police spokesman said.

The attacker is described as being 5ft 10in, of average build, aged in his late twenties to early thirties and is said to have a short, dark beard.

Police are anxious to trace the driver of a black saloon car seen in the area at the time.

Pc Amanda Young, of Grampian Police, said: "This is an appalling and seemingly unprovoked attack on a vulnerable elderly gentleman who was left lying on the ground injured and alone and I would appeal for anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible."

The man declined medical attention at the time but was persuaded by relatives to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he was examined by doctors.

Bill Knight, chairman of Grampian Senior Citizens Forum, said: "I find it absolutely horrifying that this has happened at all.

"What makes it worse is that it has happened against someone of such an age.

"It wouldn't surprise me if an attack like this will eventually lead to someone's death."

Anyone with information is requested to contact Grampian Police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
Original Article found here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3091908.stm
 

 

 

Road rage incident an act of self defence, court hears

 

The testimony that a driver acted in self defence when he attacked two men with a baseball bat in Table View last year should be rejected, the Cape Town Regional Court was told yesterday.

Alberto Saunders, 21, is facing two attempted murder charges. He admitted attacking Marc Combrink and Marc Walden in the early hours of February 2 last year in
Porterfield Road after losing his temper at the way the two men were driving.

Walden and Combrink both suffered fractured skulls.
During closing argument, prosecutor Megan Blows asked the court to disregard Saunders's evidence that he had assaulted Combrink and Walden in self-defence.

Defence attorney Andre Botha in his closing argument had pointed to Saunders's evidence that he had not intended to kill the two friends but acknowledged that, at the time, he had wanted to hurt them badly.

Botha asked the court not to find him guilty of attempted murder but rather of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Botha said Saunders believed Walden and Combrink had a firearm and that they would have used it against him.

"He knows what he did was wrong but he thought he was protecting himself and the other people (his mother, sister and fiancée) who were in his car.

"The court cannot just be objective, it has to put itself in that position. What he (Saunders) did was a reflex," Botha argued.

"It is important for the court to note that he (Saunders) realises that he hurt Mr Walden and Mr Combrink with the baseball bat. But the fact that he made the wrong decision at the time, does not mean he should be punished."

The matter was postponed to October 8 for Magistrate Edmund Patterson's judgment.

Saunders is out on bail of R1 500.

 

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=271&fArticleId=223875

 

 

Road rage case concluded in court
Posted Tue, 09 Sep 2003

The Cape Town Regional Court on Monday heard closing arguments in the road rage case in which motorist Alberto Saunders allegedly attacked two friends with a baseball bat, causing them severe injuries.

 

Saunders (22) has pleaded not guilty before magistrate Edmund Patterson, to two counts of attempted murder, relating to the injuries suffered by Mark Combrink and Marc Walden.

 

The incident happened in Table View in the early hours of Saturday, February 2, 2002, while Combrink and Walden were on their way home from a night out.

 

Combrink, who was driving, said he first noticed Saunders at a stop sign, where Saunders had started "tailing" him.

He said he tapped his brakes to warn Saunders to back off, and Saunders then flashed his lights, overtook Combrink and then slammed on brakes, causing Combrink to skid to a halt.

 

Saunders then allegedly punched Combrink in the face through the open drivers window of his car, before fetching a baseball bat, which he first used to jab into Combrink's right eye.

 

When Combrink got out of the car, Saunders attacked him with the bat until he fell to the ground while Walden, who tried to intervene, was beaten unconscious with the bat.

 

However, Saunders said he confronted Combrink because of his manner of driving, and punched him because of Combrink's attitude. Saunders claimed he acted in self defence.

 

He said he only fetched the baseball bat from his car — to put Combrink and Walden "out of action" — after Combrink had said something about a firearm.

 

Prosecutor Megan Blows asked the court to reject the self-defence argument, and defence counsel Andre Botha conceded that Saunders had exceeded the limitations of self-defence.

 

Botha said Saunders had mistakenly believed he was acting in self-defence, and that he had the protection of the law in the circumstances.

 

At worst, Saunders was guilty of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, but not of attempted murder, Botha said.

Judgment is to be delivered on October 8

Original Article found here:
http://iafrica.com/news/sa/268983.htm

 

Oswego Man Charged In Alleged "Road Rage" Incident
By Steve Yablonski/Oswego Bureau Chief
09/10/2003

A 60-year-old city man was charged with two misdemeanors in what city police describe as a road rage incident.

Peter R. Walker, of 209 E. Sixth St., Oswego, was charged at about 1:23 p.m. Sept. 8 with reckless driving and second-degree reckless endangerment, according to police reports.

According to police, Walker allegedly purposely drove into the back of another vehicle at West First and Utica streets "because the other driver didn't turn left quickly enough for his liking."

After exchanging words with the other driver outside the vehicles, Walker got back in his vehicle and told the other man to get out of the way. Walker then pulled forward, striking him in the legs, according to the police report.

The other driver, David A. Phillips Jr., 26, of 7300 Cederpost Road, C24, Liverpool, complained of knee and lower leg pain, police said.

He told police that he was stopped in traffic waiting to turn and that Walker was beeping his horn at him.

After Walker's vehicle struck his, Phillips said he got out to inspect the damage and Walker told him to get out of the way and then hit him with his vehicle.

Walker was issued appearance tickets returnable in city court on Sept. 25.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.oswegodailynews.com/homearticle.asp?id=32997&section=home&network=oswego
 

 

 

Deputy hurt in road rage incident

Published: Sep 9, 2003

BROOKSVILLE - A deputy was flown by helicopter to a Tampa hospital for emergency medical treatment Monday evening after he was punched in the head several times by a road rage suspect.
Deputy Kenneth Keeney sustained injuries to his head, face and knee while he and another deputy struggled to wrestle a violent suspect to the ground. The injuries were severe enough to cause the deputy to lose consciousness several times before and during his trip to the hospital. He was treated at
St. Joseph's Hospital and released Tuesday morning.
"Fortunately, he's OK," said Sheriff's Spokesman Lt. Joe Paez. "But he'll be off work a few days to recover."
The incident occurred at
10:30 Monday night near the intersection of Mondon Hill and Lambeth roads, north of State Road 50 east.
According to the arrest report, Deputy Christopher Beaudin was driving north on
Mondon Hill Road when he noticed two trucks stopped in the southern lane. The lead vehicle, driven by John Albright, was flashing the vehicle turn signal as if to head east. Albright's truck remained stationary until the deputy passed.
The deputy kept the trucks in view using his rear view mirror and noticed Albright get out of his vehicle and head toward the other truck stopped behind his.
Deputy Beaudin turned his cruiser around and headed back toward the intersection. As he did, he witnessed Albright backing away from the car, but visibly agitated. In his hand, he reportedly held a miniature baseball bat.
As the deputy left his vehicle, Beaudin said Albright, 37, approached him in an aggressive manner.
"I drew my service weapon from my holster and told him to drop the bat," Beaudin stated. "Albright immediately stated, `Go ahead, f------ shoot me.'"
A bystander intervened and took the bat from Albright's hand, which seemed to fuel his aggression. Albright yelled at the deputy, accusing the driver of the other vehicle of trying to run him off the road.
Sitting in the front seat of his own truck was 74-year-old James Pelt, visibly shaken, the deputy said, with bruising to his left eye and the top of his head.
Pelt said when Albright signaled his intent to turn, he attempted to go around the right side of Albright's truck. Albright responded aggressively, Pelt said, yelling out the window and driving erratically.
When the vehicle came to a stop, both men exited. Pelt said Albright approached him with fists raised. Fearing he'd be attacked, Pelt reached for a toy bat located in his cab.
"As Pelt got out of his vehicle, he was tackled and pushed back down near the driver's side," the deputy wrote. "Pelt was able to hit Albright one time in defense. Albright continued to hit him 15-20 times or more."
Witnesses who ran to the scene verified Pelt's account.
When Deputy Keeney arrived as backup, the two officers attempted to question Albright about the incident. It was then that Albright reportedly became irrationally violent. His mother, Ruth Albright, who was in the vehicle's passenger' seat, and his father, attempted to calm their son down but to no avail.
"I tried to kill myself before and I'll fu----- try it again and I don't care about life," the deputy reported Albright as saying.
It was then the deputies attempted to take Albright into custody. Albright refused to cooperate.
"At that point, the guys were trying to protect him from himself and protect others," Paez said.
Seeing her son's hand reach into his own pocket, Albright's mother yelled, "Oh my God, he's got a knife."
Keeney was the first deputy to use pepper spray on Albright. But it didn't stop him. Beaudin then used his. Still, Albright kept fighting, spitting and punching the deputies several times before they managed to latch a handcuff on one of the suspect's wrists.
The handcuffs, however, then became the weapon Albright used to injure Keeney.
With the help of bystanders, deputies eventually captured Albright and placed him under arrest. Emergency crews were called to the scene to examine those involved in the fracas.
"A few minutes after fire rescue left the scene, Dep. Keeney started feeling strange and disize="3y," Beaudin said. "Dep. Keeney did pass out a couple of time while fire rescue responded back."
Albright, of
26390 Lambeth Road, faces three felony charges and a misdemeanor: assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on an elderly person, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief.
He was initially placed in jail on a $15,250 bond. Tuesday morning, County Judge Peyton Hyslop released him from jail without bond.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGA02Z3LEKD.html

 

 

Road rage creeps between the aisles
12-09-03

MOTORIST from Somerset West writes: Entering a Spar parking area last Sunday morning, a car in front and to the right of me did a "Kaapse Draai". Some of us in the Cape are prone to that - you first turn far to the right to enable yourself to line up with a parking spot, and then make a quick left turn (naturally, without any indication). This resulted in me having to brake quite hard and touch my horn in warning.

He also stopped hard, missing me by centimetres. And oh yes, we were not trying for the same parking spot. My caution to him to indicate when he turns resulted in a torrent of four-letter words of abuse. I drove past and parked.

I was hardly out my vehicle when the guy was right there with me. He seemed sober enough but did have a party smell on his breath.

Two compatriots quickly joined him, making me feel unsafe. I had this big dog in the back of my bakkie, so I made as if to open the door, but the compatriots held the door shut. They all got the message though, and walked away.

As I was shopping, I was bumped quite deftly in the back and that someone continued past me. Guess who.

I saw him again at the end of the row of shelves, where I joined him and suggested that we cool off and offered him my hand. Next thing he slapped me.

That's when I slapped him too. Nice and hard. Why he did so, I can't tell. He probably felt himself safe because of our age difference.

I'm not proud to say this, but it did feel quite gratifying when he just stood there and gaped. Mumbling more threats, he then steamed out of the shop.

All of this was noticed by two couples, one man of which congratulated me and gave me his card. Two shop assistants saw it too and went to fetch the manager, who came to ask if all was okay.

Any lessons to be learned from this? Yes - even if you're in the right, don't get into an argument with a traffic violator. It's just not worth it. This guy had plenty of surplus aggression, and if he had a gun, anything could have happened!

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.news24.com/Regional_Papers/Components/Category_Article_Text_Template/0,,303_1414853~E,00.html

 

Man charged after incident of road rage: Police say the suspect stopped driver, punched him in the face

By Melissa Beecher / Tribune Staff Writer
Thursday, September 11, 2003

WALTHAM -- A Franklin resident was arrested Tuesday night after assaulting a man he believed was driving erratically, police said.

Daniel McKinnon, 44, of 523 Maple St., was arrested Tuesday at 12:59 a.m. Police said that McKinnon was driving down Lexington Street when he saw a car behind him pass another, slower-moving vehicle illegally.

"An officer who was on detail near the scene witnessed the suspect pull his car to the side of the road, blocking the path of the victim," said Detective Sgt. Tim King.

"The suspect then got out of his car and punched the man in the face," King said.

After punching the victim, McKinnon flicked a lit cigarette at his face. The cigarette then landed in the victim's car, causing damage to the seat, police said.

"Apparently (McKinnon) was angry that the victim was driving on the wrong side of the road," said King.

The incident of road rage landed McKinnon in police custody, charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Melissa Beecher can be reached for comment at 781-398-8005 or mbeecher@cnc.com.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/walt_roadrage09112003.htm
 

 

 

95-YEAR-OLD ROAD-RAGE VICTIM IS OUT OF HOSPITAL

09:00 - 10 September 2003

A 95-year-old Aberdeen man who was butted and punched during a road-rage attack over a car parking space has been allowed home from hospital.

He left Aberdeen Royal Infirmary yesterday afternoon following the incident - outside Carden House, in Carden Place, at 3pm on Monday.

Police are continuing the hunt for the man who left him lying on the pavement after the seemingly unprovoked attack.

It is understood that the pensioner, who does not want to be identified, had been trying to stop the man from parking in a restricted bay.

Carden House was previously used as accommodation for education officials.

It is still owned by the council, and members of the public are not allowed to leave their cars in the private car park.

Yesterday, a relative of the victim said: "He lay unconscious on the ground for some time. He then came to and managed to get up, go to a phone and call the police."

His attacker is described as 5ft 10in, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a short dark beard.

Grampian Police also want to speak to the driver of a black saloon car in connection with the attack.

They are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack, or who may have information about the incident, to contact them on 386000, or Crimestoppers free on 0800 555111.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=84092&command=displayContent&sourceNode=83929&contentPK=6986790  

 

MOSHEIM WOMAN CHARGED IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

A Mosheim woman was arrested in Bulls Gap and charged with road rage after authorities say she rammed a motorist from behind because he was driving too slowly.

Hawkins County Sergeant Martin Taylor said that two vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the post office where he was on Wednesday.

Taylor said he was talking to the first driver about the damage to his car when 29-year-old Michelle Renee Trent got out of her vehicle and began cursing the man because he had been driving too slowly.

Taylor said Trent's driver's license was suspended and the vehicle wasn't registered.

She's been charged with two counts of assault, driving on a suspended license, registration violation, failure to provide proof of insurance, and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.

 

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.wbir.com/News/news.asp?ID=14495

 

 

Ferry tailbacks trigger road rage
By Aileen Mulhall

PASSAGE East residents returning home from work are enduring a half an hour long traffic tailback into the village caused by vehicles waiting for the car ferry — and the congestion has sparked a number of road rage rows among motorists queuing for the ferry.

That’s according to Cllr. John Carey, who highlighted the village’s traffic nightmare at Waterford Co. Council’s meeting this week where Cllr. Pat Daly accused the local authority of not doing enough to push the Department of Environment to assist in funding a new ferry terminal up river of the village.

A proposal from the Passage East Car Ferry Company to develop this new terminal, which will require the building of a new access road, was presented to the Council about two years ago.

County Manager Donal Connolly said the Council submitted the proposal to the then Minister for Environment Noel Dempsey to see if his Department could provide funding for the project as there was “no way” the Council could fund it.

However since then, there has been no further progress on the project that aims to take the cars using the ferry out of Passage East village.

And according to Cllr. Carey, the traffic congestion is getting worse He revealed at Monday’s Council meeting that the traffic congestion in Passage East had recently resulted in a number of incidents of “fisticuffs” in the village between motorists vying for position as they queue to get on the ferry. He admitted he hadn’t personally witnessed any of the incidents that occurred but had been informed about them.

The Fine Gael councillor complained that throughout the summer it took Passage East residents at least half an hour to get into the village on their way home from work due to the traffic tailback of as much as half a mile waiting for the ferry. The main congestion in the village occurs during peak hours when people are travelling too and from work.

He said this was “very unfair” on local people and complained that the whole village was being taken over.

Cllr. Carey disagreed, however, with complaints he had heard on local radio from a representative of the car ferry company claiming that the Council had done to nothing to advance the proposed new terminal project.

The County Manager assured Cllr. Carey that the Council would continue to press for money for the new car ferry terminal, but until the Department of Environment allocated such funding was allocated there was very little the Council could do to advance the scheme. Cllr. Carey replied that he fully accepted what the County Manager said.

“I think it was very unfair to throw the onus on the Co. Council and I don’t accept the Co. Council is holding up the plan,” he said.

But Cllr. Pat Daly maintained that the Council hadn’t done enough to promote the project with the Department of Environment.

He pointed out that the Passage East Car Ferry Company was willing to provide a substantial amount of the cost of the new terminal and he believed the Council didn’t place a major emphasis on this to the Department.

Cllr. Daly suggested that other schemes had taken precedent over the car ferry terminal project and it had been “left to die a death”.

County Manager Donal Connolly responded that he didn’t necessarily agree with Cllr. Daly’s view, but said if there was a need for the Co. Council, the developer and Department of Environment to meet together on the issue they would.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.waterford-news.ie/news/story.asp?j=11855

 

Road Rage of the Farmers

Sep 12 2003

By Lesley Walsh

FARMERS may be forced from their land and widespread environmental damage caused by a controversial bypass scheme, it was claimed yesterday.

The Government was accused of riding roughshod over farmers with its plans to further divert traffic on the northern approach to Newry.

The Department of Regional Development was ''turning a blind eye'' to environmental concerns, it was claimed, with some people fearing that it could damage watercourses and wildlife.

Residents have been alarmed that proposals to upgrade the road network around Newry, between Beech Hill and Cloghogue, will leave them out of pocket and short of land without adequate compensation.

More than 100 landowners may be affected by the plans.

Norman McKnight, whose land lies along the route, is among a number of farmers who say that they are in the dark over how their farms may be affected.

He said yesterday: "We just got word of it today and we just don't know.

"We know it's going to go just straight across the front of the house but, until we speak to the surveyors, we just don't know how much we'll be affected.

"We know it will come very close to us but we're all in a state of uncertainty still.''

Cllr Danny Kennedy said that a number of landowners would be affected.

"They will be making representation as part of the consultation process, as will Newry and Mourne Council.''

Mr Kennedy added that the council was in favour of the road upgrade but had not yet formed an official response and was concerned that ratepayers should be treated fairly.

"There are going to be consequences for individuals and we will want to be convinced that landowners on roads identified as the likely routes will be adequately compensated.''

He said he and other representatives would be involved in the consultation process and ''we will be liaising with landowners and their agents to ensure that proper compensation levels will be provided''.

Other environmental concerns have also been raised in relation to the scheme.

One man said he feared for the Clanrye River and said that it had suffered at the hands of "progress" for 30 years.

"If they construct new bridges, it will have a knock-on effect on the water, turning the river into a mere drainage channel because, normally, when they construct bridges they realign the river and it becomes a shadow of its former self.''

The angling enthusiast said that brown trout spawning beds and the occasional sea trout were likely victims of any damage to the river. He added that he feared for the future of two significant badger setts and was concerned that the nests of kingfishers and the habitat of busize="3ards and dipper birds would be destroyed.

 

Original Article found here:

 

 

http://icnorthernireland.icnetwork.co.uk/news/local/content_objectid=13398618_method=full_siteid=91603_headline=-Road-Rage-of-the-Farmers-name_page.html 
 

 

 

 

 

Meeting focuses on road rage incidents

By LISA ROBERSON
Gazette Staff Writer

It could start with something as simple as switching lanes at the last minute to avoid missing your turn or driving too slow, but if done in front of the wrong driver the outcome can be dangerous.

With the increase in road congestion and travel time, road rage and aggressive driving are on the rise in the United States and drivers traveling in the Chillicothe area aren't as safe as they think. Ohio State Trooper Troy Sexton said a month ago he had to intervene in a road rage incident on U.S. 23 between a two drivers that could have ended deadly.

One was driving a tractor trailer and the other a mobile home valued at more than $1 million. Sexton said the driver of the tractor trailer was upset when the mobile home supposedly cut him off in traffic. He then tried several times to run the motor home of the road.

Luckily, Sexton said, he was able to defuse the situation without any accidents but the motorist were cited for the actions.

Sexton shared the story and other tips for avoiding situations like it at a meeting of the Ohio Valley Safety Council. The council meets 10 times a years and is made up of members of the Chamber of Commerce. The programs are geared toward safe practices in the workplace.

The actions of road rage and aggressive driving are seen as deliberate acts of violence and angry toward another driver for a traffic grievance. Although their is no actually law against it, Sexton said the behavior that provokes it is against the law.

"Things like waiting too late to pass, failure to use a turn signal, following to close and passing on the right are big pet peeves drivers have about other drives but they are not just pet peeves they are traffic laws that are bring violated," Sexton said.

The only way to avoid being placed in the dangerous situation is to stay calm drive with regard to other drivers, Sexton said.

"Obey all traffic laws and pay attention to your surrounding."

It is something Rosie Daughters, manger of the Ohio Valley Safety Council, said she will try to do in the future.

"I will definitely walked away from here being more courteous to other drivers. So in turn they will extend that courtesy to me."

Drivers may think road rage is isolated to raising their middle finger or screaming insults out of windows but statistics complied by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tell a different story.

In the last six years, there were at least 10,037 incidents of aggressive driving in the United States. As a result at least 218 men, women, and children were murdered and 12,610 people injured. The 12,610 injuries include scores of cases in which people suffered paralysis, brain damage, amputation, and other seriously disabling injuries.

 

Original Article found here:

 

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/news/stories/20030827/localnews/138844.html  

 

 

 

Keep cool, road rage drive on

Express News Service

New Delhi, August 26: Delhi Traffic Police, in association with the students of Wigan and Leigh College, today launched an anti-road rage campaign. The students will be out on Delhi roads after a week’s training, officials said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Qamar Ahmed said: ‘‘The increasing number of vehicles and shrinking road length is the cause for road rage. It is up to the people to make things better by keeping cool and being friendly with other road users.’’

The JCP said that roads have been closed for repair and construction works in some parts of the city. The closure of these routes has led to traffic congestion on the diversion routes. He said that people should cooperate with the civic agencies.

Social activist Nafisa Ali, who was also present at the launch of the campaign, said: ‘‘It’s the changing culture of the city which is to be blamed for the increasing impatience among people.’’ Motorists, specially youngsters, think it’s an insult to wait and give way. She said the changing moral values have made the youth of today too arrogant to be able to respect others.

The students of advertising at Wigan and Leigh College, who conceived the campaign, have designed leaflets, posters and T-shirts to promote their anti-road rage message. The students and the faculty of the college have been working on the project, ‘Our Concern’, since June.

The anti-road rage project took off during the annual display of project works of second-year students in June this year. A Delhi Police official showed interest in the graphics designed by one of the students who had chosen ‘Road Rage’ as her subject for the annual social advertising project.

Later, when the Delhi Traffic Police showed interest, other students were involved and leaflets, posters, T-shirts, and stickers bearing anti-road rage graphics and messages were prepared, college officials said.

At the function today, Hindustan Motors general manager Soni Srivastava announced the launch of an ‘Anti-Road Rage Trophy’. The first trophy will be given after a painting competition between school children in October this year, she added. The contest will be held in 20 schools initially, she said. Designs for anti-road rage stickers may be chosen from these entries.

 

Original Article found here:

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=61484 

 

 

Men face charges in I-75 road rage crash

By DON PLUMMER
The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two men face charges in an I-75 road rage incident in which a pick-up truck crashed while trying to knock a car off the road, Marietta police said.

A rear-end collision about 8:30 p.m. Monday on I-75 southbound near Chastain Road set off a running altercation, said Officer Jeff King.

It began when a red GMC 1500 pick-up truck rear-ended a silver Ford Taurus, King said. The driver of the Taurus then pulled up next to the truck, exchanging shouts and gestures with the occupants of the GMC truck for eight miles, according to witnesses.

When the Taurus exited the highway at North Marietta Parkway, the driver of the truck followed, King said. The truck's driver lost control as he attempted to knock the Taurus off the road, running off the highway and flipping before hitting a tree, King said.

After the truck crashed, the driver of the Taurus fled the scene, King said.

"He was trying to get to a place where he could call 911," King said. "He left the scene and went back to his sister's house and ended up calling the police from there."

The truck's driver and three passengers were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. The driver improved to stable condition by Tuesday afternoon, King said.

All four men inside of the truck were intoxicated at the time of the accident, King said. The truck's driver, Juan Fernando-Romo Zarate, 21, of Marietta, faces charges of aggressive driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving without a license. The owner of the pick-up truck, Marco Antonio-Cerrillo Ramerez, who was a passenger at the time of the wreck, faces charges of permitting someone to drive under the influence, King said.

The Taurus' driver, Pius Zachary of Marietta, will not face charges, King said.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/0803/27roadrage.html  

 

Road rage leads to fatal crash

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

By Sean Rabé

The suspect in an apparent road rage incident died early Thursday morning after he lost control of his vehicle during a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Jason Andrew Oleksiak was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, on Highway 88 near Blue Sky Drive outside of Martell. The accident is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. An internal investigation on the part of the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (the agency that was pursuing Oleksiak) is also currently underway to make sure the pursuit was warranted.

The accident stemmed from an incident beginning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning when Oleksiak allegedly tried to hit a pickup truck driven by David Tamayo Arreola in Martell near McDonald’s. According to information supplied by the Jackson Police Department, Arreola was driving his vehicle to Jackson when Oleksiak allegedly tried to swerve his Ford Taurus into Arreola’s truck. Arreola then sped up to prevent the accident and continued speeding to avoid being hit from behind by Oleksiak, who was tailing him.

The speeding vehicles were noticed by a Jackson Police officer when they passed him on Highway 49 in Martell, traveling approximately 70 mph. The officer pursued the vehicles and eventually caught up with Arreola at his home in Jackson. Arreola allegedly drove to his home, ran inside and asked family members for help. When four men approached Oleksiak’s vehicle armed with baseball bats and sticks he apparently turned around and left.

According to Undersheriff Karl Knobelauch, a broadcast was then put out over law enforcement radio to look for Oleksiak’s Ford Taurus. Sheriff’s deputies saw him at McDonald’s but when they attempted to block his vehicle in, Oleksiak was able to maneuver his way out of the parking lot and fled on Highway 88 toward Ione.

Knobelauch said the deputies lost sight of Oleksiak’s vehicle due to its high rate of speed. Once the deputies rounded the corner near Blue Sky Drive they saw the Taurus leaving the roadway and heading down the embankment.

“Our deputies actually stayed back a little,” Knobelauch said. “They were not willing to try to keep up with him because of the speed involved. He was about 500 yards ahead of them when he lost control.”

As for the question of high-speed pursuit policy and whether the deputies followed that policy, Knobelauch said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office is relatively conservative.

“We lean on the side of discontinuing the chase,” he said. “It is a balancing act of why the chase was started in the first place and the inherent dangers of the pursuit. Since this was a felony crime of violence, and our deputies knew he was extremely violent based on past experiences, they chose to pursue.” However, Knobelauch added that since Oleksiak was driving so fast the deputies chose to back off.

“The good news is that this happened at night, when there was less traffic,” he said. “Our deputies only passed three cars during the pursuit. They have to weigh several factors to see if the pursuit is warranted or not.”

To that end, Knobelauch said the ACSO is conducting an internal investigation to make sure the agency’s policies were followed.

Jackson Police Chief Scott Morrison said no charges whatsoever would be filed against Arreola.

 

Original Article found here:
http://www.ledger-dispatch.com/news/newsview.asp?c=71719 

 

What started out as an incident of road rage has ended in a 50- to 100-month prison sentence for a 28-year-old Wilkes-Barre man who shattered another man's eye socket because he didn't like the way he was driving.



James Tardio, West Union Street, said Thursday that he had been up for three days studying for tests when he jumped out of his car on Nov. 4, 2000, and repeatedly struck another driver in the face.

"I didn't mean to do what I did," Tardio stated prior to his sentencing before Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. "I had been up all night studying, and he cut me off."

Tardio was convicted of aggravated assault and simple assault by a jury trial that was held in his absence in January 2002.

Tardio walked out of court during jury selection and never returned, so Judge Olszewski proceeded without him.

The defendant then failed to appear for his sentencing the following month and eluded law enforcement agencies for a year and a half before being picked up by the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department earlier this month.

Tardio was charged in connection to an early morning incident in which he reportedly tailgated a car driven by Joseph Falkowski, Kingston, on North Street in Wilkes-Barre. While stopped at a red light at North and River streets, Tardio exited his vehicle, approached Falkowski, and began striking him in the face with a metal object believed to be brass knuckles.

The victim recorded Falkowski's license plate number before driving to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, where he was treated for injuries to his eye socket, including the surgical placement of metal plates and screws in his face.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Tokach asked the judge to sentence Tardio in the aggravated range because of the unprovoked nature of the attack and the severity of the injuries.

"The victim was returning from a night of bowling with his girlfriend," remarked Tokach. "The defendant began beating a man who was simply sitting in his car, and now he has a metal plate in his face."

Defense Attorney James Haggerty stated that since the incident, Tardio has been diagnosed as having a bipolar manic-depressive disorder and is now being heavily medicated. He noted that he put himself through Wilkes University and was attending school in Philadelphia.

"Mr. Tardio is unable to control his impulsive urges or make rational decisions," said Haggerty. "When he failed to appear for his sentencing, it was not out of disrespect for the court."

Judge Olszewski, who told Tardio he thumbed his nose at the court and his attorney by not showing up for his trial, said he didn't believe Tardio was remorseful for his actions.

"This victim did absolutely nothing to provoke this attack," said the judge. "You stand here today and tell me you are sorry, but I think you are only remorseful for the sentence you're about to receive."

Tardio was also ordered to pay restitution for medical expenses and to perform 80 hours of community service when he is released from prison.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10082475&BRD=2259&PAG=461&dept_id=455154&rfi=6

 

 

2 Men Arrested In San Rafael Road Rage Case

Police Spot Suspect Car On Golden Gate Bridge

POSTED: 4:48 p.m. PDT August 28, 2003

UPDATED: 5:08 p.m. PDT August 28, 2003

Two suspects are in custody, suspected in a violent road rage beating in Marin County.

The California Highway Patrol says Wyborn Mercer, and Alexander Graham, each 21 years old, face charges of assault and vandalism.

The victim says he was beaten by the suspects who cut him off while he tried to get on the highway.

 

The incident unfolded as he called 911.

CHP officers at the Golden Gate Bridge were on the lookout and saw a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle crossing the Golden Gate Bridge north into Marin County at 12:52 a.m. Thursday.

Officers stopped the vehicle in Marin City. Mercer and Graham were found inside the car and arrested. They were arrested on charges of assault, battery and vandalism.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned Friday.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.nbc11.com/news/2441827/detail.html

 

 

Road rage good samaritan attacked

A MAN who went to the aid of a damsel in distress during a road rage incident ended up getting beaten up himself.

The 50-year-old man was driving along Chigwell Road, South Woodford, last Tuesday at around 3.30pm when he saw a red BMW pull over in front of a woman travelling in a black Fiesta ahead of him.

But when he intervened in the argument between the two drivers he was viciously attacked and wrestled to the ground, receiving a bloody nose and bruising.

The BMW driver started shouting at the woman in the Fiesta in a rage and tried to get her out of her car which was around 20 yards west of Charlie Brown's Roundabout.

An Ilford police spokeswoman said: "Thinking the woman was in danger the victim stopped his car and went to confront the BMW driver who punched him in the face, wrestled him to the ground, ripped his shirt and pushed him.

"The victim managed to get away from the suspect who got back in his car and drove off. The woman in the Fiesta was upset but when she heard the police had been called, she drove off.

"The victim was left with bruising to his face, a bloody nose and bumps to his nose and forehead."

Police are now looking for his attacker who is described as being aged around 20, 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a dirty white T-shirt and green jeans.

If anyone saw the incident between 3.30pm and 4pm they should contact Ilford police's crime management unit on 8345 2779.

1:42pm Friday 29th August 2003

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.redbridgeindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.408155.0.road_rage_good_samaritan_attacked.php

 

 

 

 

Cobb Police Investigate Road Rage Crash

 

 

POSTED: 6:23 a.m. EDT August 30, 2003

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an overnight crash they say was a case of road rage.

Police say the dispute started at a bar on Six Flags Road, and culminated in a fiery crash on Factory Shoals Road.

 

Investigators believe the driver of a red Pontiac actually rammed a Lincoln Town Car off the road and into a tree. Both cars burst into flames upon impact. The driver of the Pontiac initially fled the scene, but later returned to the crash site.

Four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police may charge both drivers with drinking and driving.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/2445078/detail.html

  

 

Road rage good samaritan attacked

NEWSDESK 8498 3400 A MAN who went to the aid of a damsel in distress during a road rage incident ended up getting beaten up himself.

The 50-year-old man was driving along Chigwell Road, South Woodford, last Tuesday at around 3.30pm when he saw a red BMW pull over in front of a woman travelling in a black Fiesta ahead of him.

But when he intervened in the argument between the two drivers he was viciously attacked and wrestled to the ground, receiving a bloody nose and bruising.

The BMW driver started shouting at the woman in the Fiesta in a rage and tried to get her out of her car which was around 20 yards west of Charlie Brown's Roundabout.

An Ilford police spokeswoman said: "Thinking the woman was in danger the victim stopped his car and went to confront the BMW driver who punched him in the face, wrestled him to the ground, ripped his shirt and pushed him.

"The victim managed to get away from the suspect who got back in his car and drove off. The woman in the Fiesta was upset but when she heard the police had been called, she drove off.

"The victim was left with bruising to his face, a bloody nose and bumps to his nose and forehead."

Police are now looking for his attacker who is described as being aged around 20, 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a dirty white T-shirt and green jeans.

If anyone saw the incident between 3.30pm and 4pm they should contact Ilford police's crime management unit on 8345 2779.

9:34am Saturday 30th August 2003

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.redbridgeindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.408264.0.road_rage_good_samaritan_attacked.php

 

 

 

Truck's road rage attack

A COUPLE have relived the terrifying moment a road rage trucker drove over their car bonnet during a confrontation on a mountain lane in Gran Canaria.

Philippa and Tristan Holland, from Chapeltown, Sheffield, were enjoying a two-week break on the Spanish holiday isle when they were attacked by the maniac motorist on a secluded track.
Today, home from their ruined holiday, Philippa spoke about the moment the trucker smashed into their car and stopped just inches from their windscreen.
She said: "We wanted to explore the mountains so we decided to hire a car - but we never expected anything like this.
"We could see the pick-up truck behind us and knew he was trying to overtake but it was impossible because the roads were so windy.
"Eventually we got on to a straight part of road and he sped past and then just stopped in front of us."
Philippa, aged 22, said the "huge" man then got out of his truck and tried to drag Tristan, 27, out of the car.
He then smashed the wing mirror off and hurled abuse in Spanish before getting into his truck and reversing back and smashing onto the car bonnet.
The couple then drove back into their resort of Playa del Ingles with a crumpled bonnet and missing wing mirror.
"It was absolutely terrifying - if he had gone back a few more centimetres he would have come through the windscreen," said Philippa.
The couple then had to spend 35 euros to hire a translator so they could communicate with police.
A few days later, as their pair tried to relax in the sun and put the incident behind them, they were told the man had been caught and they had to attend at court.
The couple spent the last day of their holiday giving evidence in court.
The man was convicted of dangerous driving and was fined 123 euros and ordered to pay for the damage to the car.
Philippa, who teaches at Worsbrough St Mary's school in Barnsley, said: "We are extremely angry and in a way it ruined our holiday."
The Foreign Office, which provides regular travel advice updates on its website, says tourists should take particular care when driving on Spanish roads because the accident rate is much higher.

01 September 2003

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.sheffieldtoday.net/ViewArticle.aspx?SectionID=58&ArticleID=650779 

 

 

Arrest follows axe road rage incident

02 September 2003


Armed police cordoned off a Masterton street yesterday after a sighting of a man wanted in connection with an axe road rage incident north of Eketahuna on Sunday.

The Wellington armed offenders squad later arrested a man without incident.

Police said that a 27-year-old Napier man would appear in Masterton District Court later today on charges including aggravated robbery, assault with a weapon and criminal damage.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2646673a11,00.html

 

 

No contest plea in deadly road rage crash

(Ottawa County, September 3, 2003, 12:56 p.m.) A west Michigan man plead no contest Wednesday in a deadly road rage crash in Ottawa County.

20-year-old Diyamond Foster died when her car flipped along I-96 in Ottawa County on July 15th of last year.

Prosecutors say Foster and Gary Willer were involved in a road rage incident.

Willer plead no contest to a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Willer told police he didn't realize an accident occurred. But prosecutors say they have evidence he knew about the crash and still left the scene.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1427485&nav=0RceHnLU

 

 

'Road rage' magistrate in court
Posted
Wed, 03 Sep 2003

Former Mitchell's Plain magistrate Sithebele Elvis Tebe on Tuesday made his sixth appearance in the Wynberg Regional Court in Cape Town, on a murder charge relating to the death of Khayelitsha resident Bongani Thumelo in a road rage incident in November last year.

Tebe is to be arraigned in the Cape High Court, on a date still to be set.

At his hearing in August, he was to have been informed of the date of trial, but the date had not been fixed and the case was postponed to Tuesday for this purpose.

At Tuesday's proceedings, however, prosecutor Dawn Coleman told magistrate Robert Henney the local Directorate had still not notified the Wynberg authorities of the trial date, and the case was finally postponed to September 22.

At the next hearing, she said, Tebe would be informed of his trial date, and the case would then be formally transferred to the Cape High Court.

At an appearance three days after his arrest in early December, Tebe was released on R3000 bail.

The road rage incident on November 30 last year happened after an alleged hit-and-run collision involving Thumelo, which left Tebe's car damaged.

Thumelo was shot dead after Tebe allegedly chased and caught up with him.

The incident made news headlines, not only because Tebe was a magistrate, but also because a group of lawyers who were well-known to Tebe had falsely persuaded inexperienced police that magistrates could not be arrested.

As a result of this, Tebe was released from custody only to be rearrested a few days later.

Charges against the lawyers, of defeating the ends of justice, were later withdrawn.

Sapa

 

Original Article found here:
 
http://iafrica.com/news/sa/267570.htm

 

 

Teen Receives Prison For Fatal Road Rage Shooting In Henderson

A teen who shot and killed a motorist during a road rage dispute in Henderson has been sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. 18-year-old Jeffrey Jefferson

 will be eligible for parole in about four years. Authorities say Jefferson used a sawed-off shotgun to shoot and kill 54-year-old William Shepherd in April.

Prosecutors say Jefferson told police the altercation started when he cut off Shepard. Jefferson has acknowledged being on a methampetamine binge

 at the time of the shooting. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in June.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1429015&nav=15MVHob9

 

 

Grand jury will study road rage death

By Vic Ryckaert

vic.ryckaert@indystar.com

September 5, 2003

 

A grand jury will decide whether to file criminal charges against a cab driver accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist in a fit of road rage.

Richard J. Harvath, 43, Indianapolis, will be the target of a probe into the Aug. 7 death of Harinder "Dave" Singh Biring, Marion County Prosecutor Carl announced Friday.

Brisize="3i said the unique circumstances surrounding the case prompted him to decide to bring it before a grand jury.

"We've been unable to find any legal precedents for similar circumstances either in Marion County or elsewhere in Indiana," Brisize="3i said. "Therefore, I decided to submit the facts to the grand jury so that six citizens could determine the community standard for this situation."

Indianapolis police said Biring was on his Harley-Davidson in front of the cab at a traffic light on Massachusetts Avenue near 38th Street when Harvath apparently honked at Biring for not moving immediately when the light turned green.

Biring made an obscene gesture and continued west on Massachusetts. The cab then tailgated the motorcycle, police said.

Witnesses told police that Harvath's taxi passed Biring, then braked in front of the motorcycle, with Biring losing control as he tried to stop.

He was thrown into oncoming traffic and was hit by a Pontiac sedan traveling east. Biring, who was not wearing a helmet, died at Methodist Hospital that day.

Brisize="3i called the grand jury process a "mini-trial." Witnesses will testify under oath and other evidence will be presented during the secret hearing. The panel ultimately will decide if there is enough evidence to pursue reckless homicide or other criminal charges.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/071642-7776-093.html

 

 

Grand Jury To Mull Possible Road Rage Death

Motorcyclist Dies Following Altercation With Cab Driver

POSTED: 4:32 p.m. EST September 5, 2003

UPDATED: 4:34 p.m. EST September 5, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is sending a possible case of road rage to the grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed.

Authorities say a motorcyclist, 36, of Indianapolis, died last month after slamming on his brakes to avoid an abruptly stopping taxi cab ahead of him -- an action that launched him into a different vehicle heading the other way.

Police said the incident, which happened in the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue, occurred after an apparently angry exchange between the motorcyclist and the cab's driver, 43-year-old Richard Harvath.

Police said Harvath had become impatient with Biring at the intersection of Massachusetts and 38th Street because Biring -- then ahead of the cab -- didn't move at a green light.

The cab driver honked his horn, prompting Biring to give an "inappropriate" hand gesture, police said.

Harvath was questioned, but not arrested after the accident.

The grand jury will hear the case sometime in the fall, RTV6 reported.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/2459862/detail.html

 

 

Local Nerds Threaten to Veer off Rails, Incite Road Rage
by Mikael Wood
September 10 - 16, 2003

friend got a ride back to New York from Pittsburgh earlier this year with nattily dressed local pop-rockers Bishop Allen. (Full disclosure: This meant I didn't have to go pick him up.) The van's weary gears ground to a halt immediately after making it through the shoulder-less Holland Tunnel. That sense of near disaster suffuses Bishop Allen's self-released debut Charm School, a good-natured, alternately rocking and rolling blast of Squeeze-might-be-giants pop that isn't ashamed of a "little black ache" (or the boatload of rock-historical references it spearheads) but knows the quiet allure of a "queen in a bright sundress."

Nerds to the core, they're a great complement to rabid NYC cool-hunting: For every gnarled Modest Mouse riff like the one in "Busted Heart" there's a musty "Never My Love" lick like in "Things Are What You Make of Them." "Ghosts are good company," they admit like good retro-rockers, but one song later they're falling into a drama-kid orchestra pit of Lite Brite twinkles. They threaten to veer off the rails throughout—runaway guitar chatter in the title track, scenester logorrhea in "Eve of Destruction," dime-store rockabilly twang in "Penitentiary Bound"—yet squeak by with a last gasp of cherry tears. Angry motorists would hate them.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0337/wood.php

 

 

VICTIM, 95 BUTTED IN ROAD-RAGE NIGHTMARE


16:00 - 09 September 2003

A 95-year-old man was in hospital today after being head-butted and punched by a driver in a road- rage attack.

The pensioner was left lying on the ground after the vicious, unprovoked assault.

It is understood the attacker - aged between 20 and 30 - had been arguing with the OAP over a private parking space.

It is understood it is not the first time the pensioner has challenged pirate parkers outside his home.

Today the victim's son said: "My dad lay unconscious on the ground for some time.

"But he then came to and managed to get up, go to a phone and call the police."

Grampian Police have launched a major inquiry into the incident and appealed for witnesses. The incident happened at 3pm yesterday in the Carden House car park, on Carden Place.

The victim, who does not want to be identified, lives in a basement flat attached to Carden House.

It is understood he tried to prevent a young motorist from parking in a restricted bay outside in the grounds.

A city council spokesman today confirmed Carden House was previously used to provide accommodation for education officials.

However, it is still owned by the council and members of the public are not allowed to park there.

It is understood the pensioner has been involved in an on-going battle with drivers parking illicitly outside the front door of his home.

A former council worker, who was based at Carden House, said the man had confronted him several weeks ago about the problem.

"I had parked there and he spoke to me about permission to park," said Richard Wylie, 45, of Aberdeen's Union Grove.

"I didn't know anyone lived there. I hardly ever saw the man, even when I worked there."

Mr Wylie, now a voluntary tutor in literacy and numeracy, parked his car at Carden House this morning.

"I park here about once a week but I now park at the other side of the building," he said.

It is understood neighbouring business people from secretaries to solicitors also use the Carden Place car park.

Investigating the incident is Pc Amanda Young, who said: "The elderly man was head-butted and punched in a road rage-type incident. This is an appalling and seemingly unprovoked attack on a vulnerable elderly gentleman who was left lying on the ground injured and alone."

The victim at first declined medical attention but was later convinced by relatives to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he stayed overnight.

He remained there today but was expected to be released home later.

The attacker was in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 10in, average build, with a short, dark beard.

Officers were today expected to carry out house-to-house inquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police are also anxious to trace the driver of a black saloon car seen in the area at the time.

Officers said the driver may be a witness to the incident.

Grampian Senior Citizens Forum chairman, Bill Knight, said: "I find it absolutely horrifying that this has happened at all. What makes it worse is that it happened against someone of such an age."

Anyone with information should call (01224) 386000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=84106&command=displayContent&sourceNode=83936&contentPK=6975058

 

No charges filed in road rage case

 
 
By Martha Fulkerson
 
Criminal charges will not be filed against a rural Colfax man involved in a shooting last December.
 
 
 
Matthew H. Gevers, 39, 9290 W. Boone County Road 900N, was initially accused of fatally shooting Kevin Buchanon, 37, Clarks Hill, following 
an alleged road rage incident
 that began on U.S. 52 south of Lafayette.
 
 
 
“There really wasn’t much physical evidence,” said Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Tim Kern of his decision not to file charges. “He (Gevers) told
 police what
 happened and he’s the only witness we know of to the shooting.”
 
 
 
The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 10 as the men were en route to work.
 
 
 
The two drivers, Buchanon in a 1995 Dodge Ram and Gevers in a 1992 Mazda 626, were both northbound on U.S. 52. Kern said Gevers admitted to driving
 closely 
behind Buchanon at one point, but then proceeded to pass him on the right. 
 
 
 
Buchanon then followed Gevers to Rascal Drive, and Gevers parked in a cul-de-sac off Concord Road, Kern said. Buchanon got out of his truck, while 
Gevers remained
 seated in his vehicle. Gevers stated he had a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol on his lap, Kern said. He noted that Gevers did have a gun permit.
 
 
 
Gevers stated he did not point the loaded gun at Buchanon. 
 
 
 
“(Buchanon) said he was going to kill him for riding up on him,” Kern said. 
 
 
 
As Buchanon approached, Gevers stated he raised the gun to his chest, but did not point it. Gevers was then struck in the mouth by Buchanon, Kern
 said, and the gun 
went off as Gevers’ head went back. 
 
 
 
Gevers drove to Sunbelt Rentals to call 911. 
 
 
 
“He never claimed self-defense,” Kern said. “He said he didn’t remember pulling the trigger, that it just went off and he heard it go off.”
 
 
 
One bullet punctured Buchanon’s shoulder and exited, Kern said. The bullet was never recovered.
 
 
 
Ballistic tests were conducted on the weapon, and the scene was reconstructed. Kern said investigators were able to recreate the same trajectory of the bullet,
 and they were unable to refute or disprove Gevers’ statements.
 
 
 
Kern said Gevers cannot be charged criminally but could face civil liability if the victim’s family pursues it.
 
“It’s a tragic set of circumstances,” Kern said. “I think both of them could have made better choices that morning.”
 
 
 
Kent Moore, Gevers’ attorney, said he is pleased with the outcome. He said he first learned of the prosecutor’s decision Friday morning. 
 
 
 
“He (Gevers) feels very bad that something like this occurred,” Moore said.
 
 
 
Original Article found here:
 
http://www.ftimes.com/Main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=18128

 

 

 
 

Police condemn road rage attack

 

Police have condemned as "appalling" a road rage attack on a 96-year-old man in Aberdeen.

Officers hunting the attacker said the incident happened on Monday afternoon in Carden Place, a plush area of Edwardian terraced houses.

It is believed to have occurred after the man asked a motorist to not to park in his driveway.

The victim's injuries are not thought to be serious, a Grampian Police spokesman said.

The attacker is described as being 5ft 10in, of average build, aged in his late twenties to early thirties and is said to have a short, dark beard.

 

Police are anxious to trace the driver of a black saloon car seen in the area at the time.

Pc Amanda Young, of Grampian Police, said: "This is an appalling and seemingly unprovoked attack on a vulnerable elderly gentleman who was left lying on the ground injured and alone and I would appeal for anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible."

The man declined medical attention at the time but was persuaded by relatives to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he was examined by doctors.

Bill Knight, chairman of Grampian Senior Citizens Forum, said: "I find it absolutely horrifying that this has happened at all.

"What makes it worse is that it has happened against someone of such an age.

"It wouldn't surprise me if an attack like this will eventually lead to someone's death."

Anyone with information is requested to contact Grampian Police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
 
 
Original Article found here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3091908.stm
 

 

 

Road rage incident an act of self defence, court hears
 

September 9, 2003

By Kashiefa Ajam

The testimony that a driver acted in self defence when he attacked two men with a baseball bat in Table View last year should be rejected, the
Cape Town Regional Court was told yesterday.

Alberto Saunders, 21, is facing two attempted murder charges. He admitted attacking Marc Combrink and Marc Walden in the early hours of February 2 last year in
Porterfield Road after losing his temper at the way the two men were driving.

Walden and Combrink both suffered fractured skulls.
During closing argument, prosecutor Megan Blows asked the court to disregard Saunders's evidence that he had assaulted Combrink and Walden in self-defence.

Defence attorney Andre Botha in his closing argument had pointed to Saunders's evidence that he had not intended to kill the two friends but acknowledged that, at the time, he had wanted to hurt them badly.

Botha asked the court not to find him guilty of attempted murder but rather of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

 
Botha said Saunders believed Walden and Combrink had a firearm and that they would have used it against him.
 
 
 
 
"He knows what he did was wrong but he thought he was protecting himself and the other people (his mother, sister and fiancée) who were in his car.
 
 
 
 
"The court cannot just be objective, it has to put itself in that position. What he (Saunders) did was a reflex," Botha argued.
 
 
 
 
"It is important for the court to note that he (Saunders) realises that he hurt Mr Walden and Mr Combrink with the baseball bat. But the fact that he 
made the wrong decision
 at the time, does not mean he should be punished."
 
 
 
 
The matter was postponed to October 8 for Magistrate Edmund Patterson's judgment.
Saunders is out on bail of R1 500.
 
Original Article found here:
http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=271&fArticleId=223875

 

 

Road rage case concluded in court
Posted
Tue, 09 Sep 2003

The Cape Town Regional Court on Monday heard closing arguments in the road rage case in which motorist Alberto Saunders allegedly attacked two friends with a baseball bat, causing them severe injuries.

Saunders (22) has pleaded not guilty before magistrate Edmund Patterson, to two counts of attempted murder, relating to the injuries suffered by Mark Combrink and Marc Walden.

The incident happened in Table View in the early hours of Saturday, February 2, 2002, while Combrink and Walden were on their way home from a night out.

Combrink, who was driving, said he first noticed Saunders at a stop sign, where Saunders had started "tailing" him.

He said he tapped his brakes to warn Saunders to back off, and Saunders then flashed his lights, overtook Combrink and then slammed on brakes, causing Combrink to skid to a halt.

Saunders then allegedly punched Combrink in the face through the open drivers window of his car, before fetching a baseball bat, which he first used to jab into Combrink's right eye.

When Combrink got out of the car, Saunders attacked him with the bat until he fell to the ground while Walden, who tried to intervene, was beaten unconscious with the bat.

However, Saunders said he confronted Combrink because of his manner of driving, and punched him because of Combrink's attitude. Saunders claimed he acted in self defence.

He said he only fetched the baseball bat from his car — to put Combrink and Walden "out of action" — after Combrink had said something about a firearm.

Prosecutor Megan Blows asked the court to reject the self-defence argument, and defence counsel Andre Botha conceded that Saunders had exceeded the limitations of self-defence.

Botha said Saunders had mistakenly believed he was acting in self-defence, and that he had the protection of the law in the circumstances.

At worst, Saunders was guilty of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, but not of attempted murder, Botha said.

Judgment is to be delivered on October 8

Original Article found here:
http://iafrica.com/news/sa/268983.htm

 

Oswego Man Charged In Alleged "Road Rage" Incident
By Steve Yablonski/Oswego Bureau Chief
09/10/2003

A 60-year-old city man was charged with two misdemeanors in what city police describe as a road rage incident.

Peter R. Walker, of 209 E. Sixth St., Oswego, was charged at about 1:23 p.m. Sept. 8 with reckless driving and second-degree reckless endangerment, according to police reports.

According to police, Walker allegedly purposely drove into the back of another vehicle at West First and Utica streets "because the other driver didn't turn left quickly enough for his liking."

After exchanging words with the other driver outside the vehicles, Walker got back in his vehicle and told the other man to get out of the way. Walker then pulled forward, striking him in the legs, according to the police report.

The other driver, David A. Phillips Jr., 26, of 7300 Cederpost Road, C24, Liverpool, complained of knee and lower leg pain, police said.

He told police that he was stopped in traffic waiting to turn and that Walker was beeping his horn at him.

After Walker's vehicle struck his, Phillips said he got out to inspect the damage and Walker told him to get out of the way and then hit him with his vehicle.

Walker was issued appearance tickets returnable in city court on Sept. 25.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.oswegodailynews.com/homearticle.asp?id=32997&section=home&network=oswego

 

 

Deputy hurt in road rage incident

Published: Sep 9, 2003

BROOKSVILLE - A deputy was flown by helicopter to a Tampa hospital for emergency medical treatment Monday evening after he was punched in the head several times by a road rage suspect.
Deputy Kenneth Keeney sustained injuries to his head, face and knee while he and another deputy struggled to wrestle a violent suspect to the ground. The injuries were severe enough to cause the deputy to lose consciousness several times before and during his trip to the hospital. He was treated at
St. Joseph's Hospital and released Tuesday morning.
"Fortunately, he's OK," said Sheriff's Spokesman Lt. Joe Paez. "But he'll be off work a few days to recover."
The incident occurred at
10:30 Monday night near the intersection of Mondon Hill and Lambeth roads, north of State Road 50 east.
According to the arrest report, Deputy Christopher Beaudin was driving north on
Mondon Hill Road when he noticed two trucks stopped in the southern lane. The lead vehicle, driven by John Albright, was flashing the vehicle turn signal as if to head east. Albright's truck remained stationary until the deputy passed.
The deputy kept the trucks in view using his rear view mirror and noticed Albright get out of his vehicle and head toward the other truck stopped behind his.
Deputy Beaudin turned his cruiser around and headed back toward the intersection. As he did, he witnessed Albright backing away from the car, but visibly agitated. In his hand, he reportedly held a miniature baseball bat.
As the deputy left his vehicle, Beaudin said Albright, 37, approached him in an aggressive manner.
"I drew my service weapon from my holster and told him to drop the bat," Beaudin stated. "Albright immediately stated, `Go ahead, f------ shoot me.'"
A bystander intervened and took the bat from Albright's hand, which seemed to fuel his aggression. Albright yelled at the deputy, accusing the driver of the other vehicle of trying to run him off the road.
Sitting in the front seat of his own truck was 74-year-old James Pelt, visibly shaken, the deputy said, with bruising to his left eye and the top of his head.
Pelt said when Albright signaled his intent to turn, he attempted to go around the right side of Albright's truck. Albright responded aggressively, Pelt said, yelling out the window and driving erratically.
When the vehicle came to a stop, both men exited. Pelt said Albright approached him with fists raised. Fearing he'd be attacked, Pelt reached for a toy bat located in his cab.
"As Pelt got out of his vehicle, he was tackled and pushed back down near the driver's side," the deputy wrote. "Pelt was able to hit Albright one time in defense. Albright continued to hit him 15-20 times or more."
Witnesses who ran to the scene verified Pelt's account.
When Deputy Keeney arrived as backup, the two officers attempted to question Albright about the incident. It was then that Albright reportedly became irrationally violent. His mother, Ruth Albright, who was in the vehicle's passenger' seat, and his father, attempted to calm their son down but to no avail.
"I tried to kill myself before and I'll fu----- try it again and I don't care about life," the deputy reported Albright as saying.
It was then the deputies attempted to take Albright into custody. Albright refused to cooperate.
"At that point, the guys were trying to protect him from himself and protect others," Paez said.
Seeing her son's hand reach into his own pocket, Albright's mother yelled, "Oh my God, he's got a knife."
Keeney was the first deputy to use pepper spray on Albright. But it didn't stop him. Beaudin then used his. Still, Albright kept fighting, spitting and punching the deputies several times before they managed to latch a handcuff on one of the suspect's wrists.
The handcuffs, however, then became the weapon Albright used to injure Keeney.
With the help of bystanders, deputies eventually captured Albright and placed him under arrest. Emergency crews were called to the scene to examine those involved in the fracas.
"A few minutes after fire rescue left the scene, Dep. Keeney started feeling strange and disize="3y," Beaudin said. "Dep. Keeney did pass out a couple of time while fire rescue responded back."
Albright, of
26390 Lambeth Road, faces three felony charges and a misdemeanor: assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on an elderly person, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief.
He was initially placed in jail on a $15,250 bond. Tuesday morning, County Judge Peyton Hyslop released him from jail without bond.

Original Article found here:

http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGA02Z3LEKD.html

 

 

Road rage creeps between the aisles
12-09-03

MOTORIST from Somerset West writes: Entering a Spar parking area last Sunday morning, a car in front and to the right of me did a "Kaapse Draai". Some of us in the Cape are prone to that - you first turn far to the right to enable yourself to line up with a parking spot, and then make a quick left turn (naturally, without any indication). This resulted in me having to brake quite hard and touch my horn in warning.

He also stopped hard, missing me by centimetres. And oh yes, we were not trying for the same parking spot. My caution to him to indicate when he turns resulted in a torrent of four-letter words of abuse. I drove past and parked.

I was hardly out my vehicle when the guy was right there with me. He seemed sober enough but did have a party smell on his breath.

Two compatriots quickly joined him, making me feel unsafe. I had this big dog in the back of my bakkie, so I made as if to open the door, but the compatriots held the door shut. They all got the message though, and walked away.

As I was shopping, I was bumped quite deftly in the back and that someone continued past me. Guess who.

I saw him again at the end of the row of shelves, where I joined him and suggested that we cool off and offered him my hand. Next thing he slapped me.

That's when I slapped him too. Nice and hard. Why he did so, I can't tell. He probably felt himself safe because of our age difference.

I'm not proud to say this, but it did feel quite gratifying when he just stood there and gaped. Mumbling more threats, he then steamed out of the shop.

All of this was noticed by two couples, one man of which congratulated me and gave me his card. Two shop assistants saw it too and went to fetch the manager, who came to ask if all was okay.

Any lessons to be learned from this? Yes - even if you're in the right, don't get into an argument with a traffic violator. It's just not worth it. This guy had plenty of surplus aggression, and if he had a gun, anything could have happened!

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.news24.com/Regional_Papers/Components/Category_Article_Text_Template/0,,303_1414853~E,00.html

 

 

 

 

Man charged after incident of road rage: Police say the suspect stopped driver, punched him in the face

By Melissa Beecher / Tribune Staff Writer
Thursday, September 11, 2003

WALTHAM -- A Franklin resident was arrested Tuesday night after assaulting a man he believed was driving erratically, police said.

Daniel McKinnon, 44, of 523 Maple St., was arrested Tuesday at 12:59 a.m. Police said that McKinnon was driving down Lexington Street when he saw a car behind him pass another, slower-moving vehicle illegally.

"An officer who was on detail near the scene witnessed the suspect pull his car to the side of the road, blocking the path of the victim," said Detective Sgt. Tim King.

"The suspect then got out of his car and punched the man in the face," King said.

After punching the victim, McKinnon flicked a lit cigarette at his face. The cigarette then landed in the victim's car, causing damage to the seat, police said.

"Apparently (McKinnon) was angry that the victim was driving on the wrong side of the road," said King.

The incident of road rage landed McKinnon in police custody, charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Melissa Beecher can be reached for comment at 781-398-8005 or mbeecher@cnc.com.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/walt_roadrage09112003.htm
 

 

 

95-YEAR-OLD ROAD-RAGE VICTIM IS OUT OF HOSPITAL


09:00 - 10 September 2003

A 95-year-old Aberdeen man who was butted and punched during a road-rage attack over a car parking space has been allowed home from hospital.

He left Aberdeen Royal Infirmary yesterday afternoon following the incident - outside Carden House, in Carden Place, at 3pm on Monday.

Police are continuing the hunt for the man who left him lying on the pavement after the seemingly unprovoked attack.

It is understood that the pensioner, who does not want to be identified, had been trying to stop the man from parking in a restricted bay.

Carden House was previously used as accommodation for education officials.

It is still owned by the council, and members of the public are not allowed to leave their cars in the private car park.

Yesterday, a relative of the victim said: "He lay unconscious on the ground for some time. He then came to and managed to get up, go to a phone and call the police."

His attacker is described as 5ft 10in, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a short dark beard.

Grampian Police also want to speak to the driver of a black saloon car in connection with the attack.

They are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack, or who may have information about the incident, to contact them on 386000, or Crimestoppers free on 0800 555111.


Original Article found here:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=84092&command=displayContent&sourceNode=83929&contentPK=6986790
 

 

 

Ferry tailbacks trigger road rage
By Aileen Mulhall

PASSAGE East residents returning home from work are enduring a half an hour long traffic tailback into the village caused by vehicles waiting for the car ferry — and the congestion has sparked a number of road rage rows among motorists queuing for the ferry.

That’s according to Cllr. John Carey, who highlighted the village’s traffic nightmare at Waterford Co. Council’s meeting this week where Cllr. Pat Daly accused the local authority of not doing enough to push the Department of Environment to assist in funding a new ferry terminal up river of the village.

A proposal from the Passage East Car Ferry Company to develop this new terminal, which will require the building of a new access road, was presented to the Council about two years ago.

County Manager Donal Connolly said the Council submitted the proposal to the then Minister for Environment Noel Dempsey to see if his Department could provide funding for the project as there was “no way” the Council could fund it.

However since then, there has been no further progress on the project that aims to take the cars using the ferry out of Passage East village.

And according to Cllr. Carey, the traffic congestion is getting worse He revealed at Monday’s Council meeting that the traffic congestion in Passage East had recently resulted in a number of incidents of “fisticuffs” in the village between motorists vying for position as they queue to get on the ferry. He admitted he hadn’t personally witnessed any of the incidents that occurred but had been informed about them.

The Fine Gael councillor complained that throughout the summer it took Passage East residents at least half an hour to get into the village on their way home from work due to the traffic tailback of as much as half a mile waiting for the ferry. The main congestion in the village occurs during peak hours when people are travelling too and from work.

He said this was “very unfair” on local people and complained that the whole village was being taken over.

Cllr. Carey disagreed, however, with complaints he had heard on local radio from a representative of the car ferry company claiming that the Council had done to nothing to advance the proposed new terminal project.

The County Manager assured Cllr. Carey that the Council would continue to press for money for the new car ferry terminal, but until the Department of Environment allocated such funding was allocated there was very little the Council could do to advance the scheme. Cllr. Carey replied that he fully accepted what the County Manager said.

“I think it was very unfair to throw the onus on the Co. Council and I don’t accept the Co. Council is holding up the plan,” he said.

But Cllr. Pat Daly maintained that the Council hadn’t done enough to promote the project with the Department of Environment.

He pointed out that the Passage East Car Ferry Company was willing to provide a substantial amount of the cost of the new terminal and he believed the Council didn’t place a major emphasis on this to the Department.

Cllr. Daly suggested that other schemes had taken precedent over the car ferry terminal project and it had been “left to die a death”.

County Manager Donal Connolly responded that he didn’t necessarily agree with Cllr. Daly’s view, but said if there was a need for the Co. Council, the developer and Department of Environment to meet together on the issue they would.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.waterford-news.ie/news/story.asp?j=11855
 

 

 

Women threatened in road rage attack

September 12, 2003 11:54

A DRIVER who thought a woman driver motorist was putting his wife at risk threatened to "rip her head off" in a road rage attack.

Trevor Turner shouted, swore and threatened driver Rachel Nixon and her mother after becoming furious when he was forced to swerve to avoid their open car door.

Norwich magistrates yesterday heard Ms Nixon was left shaken and scared as a result of Turner's behaviour on March 1.

Prosecutor Nick Stohlner said 28-year-old Ms Nixon, who had her mother in the car with her, stopped at a mobile fruit and vegetable van in South Park Avenue.

Turner, 56, of Norgate Road, Norwich, who had been driving past, suddenly reversed back, got out of his car and approached the two women.

"He began to shout and swear at them, threatening, at one stage, to get in the car and rip one of the victim's heads off," said Mr Stohlner.

"That scared both of them and, indeed, both the fruit and veg seller and other persons in the vicinity were concerned and intervened, pushing Mr Turner away."

Police were called and Turner said he had been angry about the way the car's door was opened, causing him to swerve.

Feeling an accident had been only narrowly avoided he got out of his car, but had not realised how threatening he had appeared.

Simon Nicholls, for Turner, said at the time he was going through a period of trauma. He had recently attended both his father and mother-in-law's funerals.

He was undergoing a course of chemotherapy for cancer and was suffering from diabetes.

Mr Nicholls said: "All he could think of when that door opened was that there could have been a crash and his wife, who was sitting beside him, could have been killed.

"The death and illness which was surrounding his life at the time probably made him react in the way he did."

Turner, whose job involved driving forklift trucks, bitterly regretted what happened, added Mr Nicholls.

Chairman Richard Crosskill said: "It is not good practice to open doors which may be struck by passing traffic."

And he told Turner: "It is quite possible you were not thinking straight at that time."

Turner was given a one-year conditional discharge after admitting using threatening behaviour. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Ms Nixon and £150 costs.

 

Original Article found here:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/News/story.asp?datetime=12+Sep+2003+11%3A54&tbrand=ENOnline&tCategory=NEWS&categor
y=News&brand=EN

 

 

Road Rage of the Farmers

Sep 12 2003

By Lesley Walsh

FARMERS may be forced from their land and widespread environmental damage caused by a controversial bypass scheme, it was claimed yesterday.

The Government was accused of riding roughshod over farmers with its plans to further divert traffic on the northern approach to Newry.

The Department of Regional Development was ''turning a blind eye'' to environmental concerns, it was claimed, with some people fearing that it could damage watercourses and wildlife.

Residents have been alarmed that proposals to upgrade the road network around Newry, between Beech Hill and Cloghogue, will leave them out of pocket and short of land without adequate compensation.

More than 100 landowners may be affected by the plans.

Norman McKnight, whose land lies along the route, is among a number of farmers who say that they are in the dark over how their farms may be affected.

He said yesterday: "We just got word of it today and we just don't know.

"We know it's going to go just straight across the front of the house but, until we speak to the surveyors, we just don't know how much we'll be affected.

"We know it will come very close to us but we're all in a state of uncertainty still.''

Cllr Danny Kennedy said that a number of landowners would be affected.

"They will be making representation as part of the consultation process, as will Newry and Mourne Council.''

Mr Kennedy added that the council was in favour of the road upgrade but had not yet formed an official response and was concerned that ratepayers should be treated fairly.

"There are going to be consequences for individuals and we will want to be convinced that landowners on roads identified as the likely routes will be adequately compensated.''

He said he and other representatives would be involved in the consultation process and ''we will be liaising with landowners and their agents to ensure that proper compensation levels will be provided''.

Other environmental concerns have also been raised in relation to the scheme.

One man said he feared for the Clanrye River and said that it had suffered at the hands of "progress" for 30 years.

"If they construct new bridges, it will have a knock-on effect on the water, turning the river into a mere drainage channel because, normally, when they construct bridges they realign the river and it becomes a shadow of its former self.''

The angling enthusiast said that brown trout spawning beds and the occasional sea trout were likely victims of any damage to the river. He added that he feared for the future of two significant badger setts and was concerned that the nests of kingfishers and the habitat of busize="3ards and dipper birds would be destroyed.

Original Article found here:

 http://icnorthernireland.icnetwork.co.uk/news/local/content_objectid=13398618_ 

 method=full_siteid=91603_headline=-Road-Rage-of-the-Farmers-name_page.html

 

 

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