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Road Rage and Texas Traffic Safety

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Aug 27, 2013 in Auto Accidents

Usually our Texas attorneys discuss what happens when a driver is negligent behind the wheel. Most often, a drivers carelessness will result in an accident, injury or even the death of an occupant in an opposing vehicle. In other cases, though, one motorist may intentionally hurt another in an act of road rage.

Defined as aggressive behavior behind the wheel, road rage is an all-too-common occurrence on Texas roads and highways. It can take various forms, like yelling or making obscene gestures at other drivers, and can even escalate to vicious attacks on the opposing motorist or their vehicle. Road rage can be a criminal offense as it can lead to homicide in some rare cases.

Texas Financial Analyst Executed for Road Rage Deaths

The Daily Mail published the story of one mans extreme road rage incident ending in his homicide conviction.

On July 31 of this year, a 55-year-old financial analyst was executed for shooting and killing two truck drivers in an episode of road rage 15 years earlier. According to prosecutors who tried the man for capital murder in 1999, the analyst was on his motorcycle when the incidents happened, the second a mere 45 minutes after the first, killing a 36-year old man and a 62-year-old man, respectively.

When the 36-year-old allegedly pulled into the analysts lane in an attempt to cut him off, the analyst pulled out a pistol and fired several shots and the driver, who was operating an 18-wheeler on Highway 75 just north of Dallas at the time. The analyst then reloaded his gun, pulled up alongside the truck driver and fired another shot into the trucks cab, killing the driver.

The analyst expressed no remorse for what he had done, testifying at trial that he felt he needed to stop that man and would have shot him to death to do so.

The analyst made sure that the driver was dead before driving another 11 miles, still fuming over the incident. He spotted an Exxon driver refueling at a gas station and promptly shot the 62-year-old man. In a letter the analyst later sent to his girlfriend he expressed that killing the two men was, quite pleasurable.

The murders are one extreme and unfortunate example of the power of anger on the road. Though the analyst clearly had more severe anger issues than the average driver, the point remains the same: drivers can make bad decisions any given day but the results of a road rage incident cant ever be erased. Driving aggressively presents a serious risk not only to the raging driver but to those around them.