In Florida, a recent road rage incident resulted in a fatality. The victim of this particular road rage incident had a long history of troubling confrontations with drivers. The current victim was the aggressor in a previous fatal road rage incident, killing a 48-year-old man. In this particular situation, the current victim may have been the one to initiate the confrontation which resulted in his own death.
Road rage has become an increasingly big problem on the roads in Florida and throughout the United States. Road rage can result in car accidents or intentional acts of violence. Drivers need to refrain from allowing any anger or rage they feel while driving to cause them to behave in an aggressive way which increases the risk of car accidents. If drivers do become aggressive and cause accidents because of road rage, they can and should be held accountable for any resulting damages.
Florida Act of Road Rage Turns Fatal
According to The Tampa Bay Times, the man who was killed in this road rage incident had a history of violence. Back in 2001, the current victim turned in front of another driver. He then got out of his car, yelling at another motorist and walking towards the other motorist's car. He and the driver of that other vehicle went into a parking lot. The current victim then punched the other man, a 48-year-old grandfather and cancer survivor. The impact from the punch caused the man to fall down and hit his head on the concrete. Brain damage resulted, and the 48-year-old man died of the resulting skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.
The current victim was convicted of manslaughter in 2002, and he served 10 years in prison. He was released from prison in 2012 and was on probation until 2017. But before his probation could end, he initiated another confrontation. This time, the 42-year-old driver who he confronted shot him. The shooter then called police, and when they arrived on the scene, he was administering CPR. The man with the gun is said to be cooperating with the investigation and police have indicated he will not be arrested.
The widow of the 48-year-old grandfather who was killed in 2001 by the current victim has called the victim's death by road rage "poetic justice."
The incident is one of many which result in fatalities because road rage leads to violence. Washington Post reported there were 247 deaths because of road rage in 2013, compared with only 26 deaths from road rage in 2004. This statistic included intentional acts of violence.
Road rage can also lead to car accidents because of aggressive driving. According to KSAT, eight in 10 drivers responding to a recent survey said they had felt road rage or aggression over the past 12 months and 25 percent of drivers said they'd purposefully prevented another motorist from changing lanes. Drivers need to avoid this kind of aggressive behavior so they don't cause accidents because of anger.