4 posts categorized "Road Rage"

July 25, 2010

Disturbing Car Accident Compilation Video: This Could Happen To You

This could happen to you.  Every disturbing, graphic car accident in this video could happen to you, to me, to any one of us or our loved ones.  Pay attention on the road.  One millisecond of inattention can change someone's life, and the lives of their loved ones, forever... and ever.

The original video was posted by Tanvir Ahmad on Facebook and, after some sniffing around on  Youtube, I was able to find it.  I've only been able to watch parts of it, it was too disturbing for me to watch in its entirety.  You may be braver.  I'd like your comments.

The message, though, is clear:

  • Don't drink and drive
  • Don't speed
  • Don't text and drive
  • Don't road rage
  • Be patient when driving

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January 09, 2010

Road Rage Against the Cyclist: ER Doctor Gets 5 Years

Road rage red      The L.A. Times reports that Dr. Christopher Thompson, a medical doctor, an emergency room medical doctor no less, was convicted of assaulting two bicyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on Mandeville Canyon Road, a narrow Brentwood, California street.  Dr. Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison for his early morning road rage, a rage that caused permanent physical harm to his cycling victims.  

    Even more outrageous is that Dr. Thompson took the Hippocratic Oath which, among other things, binds him to act “for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous.” The victims in this case were not his patients but 60 year old Thompson is an emergency room doctor for Pete’s sake!  How many cyclists has he treated in the past?  I’m speculating dozens, if not hundreds.  He should have known better -- taken the high road, as it were.

Share the road       As a Southern California personal injury lawyer I am outraged by Thompson’s transgressions.  I have represented many, many bicyclists who have been seriously and permanently injured by the careless acts of drivers who fail to keep an eye out for the riders. In almost every single case, the drivers and their insurance companies blame the cyclists for the accident and I’m forced to file a lawsuit to make them take responsibility for their acts, protect my clients and get them the just compensation that they deserve.  But make no mistake: No amount of money is going to make them whole again.  So I beseech you: Share The Road! 


    Injuries to bicycle riders range from sprains and strains to broken bones to partial paralysis or full paralysis to brain damage or any combination of these life-changing assaults often requiring months of medical treatment, hospital stays and, yes, sometimes even life-long care.

 Infiniti bike road rageRonPeterson bike rage     Dr. Thompson apparently had many prior confrontations with bicycle riders in his neighborhood.  He didn’t like sharing the road.  Tough, Dr. Thompson, tough.  You slammed on your brakes in front of the bicycle riders and “One cyclist was flung face-first into the rear window of Thompson's red Infiniti, breaking his front teeth and nose and cutting his face. The other cyclist slammed into the sidewalk and suffered a separated shoulder.” 

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      Thompson wept when he was sentenced to five years in prison for his angry acts.  This was not a case of negligence (i.e., the driver didn’t see the cyclist, etc.) but a case of intentional acts.  Thompson was convicted of mayhem; assault with a deadly weapon, his car; battery with serious injury; and reckless driving causing injury.  Did he weep because he felt remorse or because he’s going to jail? That, of course, we’ll never know.

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August 19, 2008

More Road Rage: Fender Bender Turns Deadly in Florida

Casey_tillI'm amazed at the lack of restraint that some drivers exhibit.  The latest tale of Road Rage again arises in the great State of Florida.  It just goes to show that driving and crack cocaine don't mix.  The Associated Press reports the following:

LAKE HAMILTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was arrested after allegedly going on a violent rampage after a minor fender-bender, slashing and stabbing the occupants of a car, then running over and killing a woman who had been riding in another nearby vehicle.

Casey Weldon Till, 26, of Haines City, faces murder and carjacking charges after the attacks involving family members traveling in two vehicles.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office tracked Till to his home through a pill bottle left at the scene late Sunday night. Police allege that he killed Odalis Cespedes, 41, by running her over twice. Till told police he was high on crack at the time.Bilde

The violence apparently unfolded after Till's minivan slammed into a stopped car being driven by Cespedes' daughter, 19-year-old Ivon Despaigne, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Angel Gonzalez, of Kissimmee. When the couple got out to check the damage, Till allegedly slashed Gonzalez's throat and stabbed Despaigne in the neck.

Investigators say Till then got into the couple's car and repeatedly rammed the vehicle ahead, occupied by Cespedes, her husband, 41-year-old Mario Despaigne, and their 6-month-old granddaughter.

The couple got their granddaughter out of the car seat and Cespedes was trying to flee with the baby in her arms when she was killed, Mario Despaigne said in an interview with The Ledger, which was conducted through an interpreter.

Mario Despaigne said Till drove over his wife's leg, then ran over her again after seeing she was still moving. Despaigne said he grabbed the baby. Then Gonzalez got into Till's van and hit him, then tried to back over him, but Till rolled out of the way, according to the arrest report.


The picture to your left: Polk County Sheriff's deputies and crime scene technicians investigate the scene of a fatal stabbing at the intersection of County Road 542/Hatchineha Road and Watkins Road south of Poinciana.

Till then allegedly ran back to his van, ignoring commands to stop from a Lake Hamilton police officer who happened upon the scene. Till sped off, hitting officer David Hurst in the arm and midsection with the van's open door.

Till had locked himself in his bathroom and cut his wrists by the time investigators found him, the report said. He allegedly admitted the attacks to his wife and mother.

The police report listed Gonzalez and Ivon Despaigne in critical condition, but a local hospital would not provide information about their condition Tuesday.

Till was being held Tuesday in the Polk County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, carjacking and improper exhibition of a weapon. It was not immediately known if Till had an attorney.

Winterhaven Hospital's site provided the following details about the victims:

  • Ivon Despaigne, 19, of 1436 Swan Court, Kissimmee, who suffered from apparent stab wounds and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where was in critical condition this afternoon.
  • Angel Gonzalez, 21, of 771 Camel Court, Kissimmee, who suffered from apparent stab wounds and also was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
  • Oxalis Cespedes, 41, of 1436 Swan Court, Kissimmee, who died at the scene. The Polk County Medical Examiner's Office reported this afternoon that she suffered severe burns and died from asphyxiation.
  • Bottom line, folks, don't engage others in a bout of road rage.  You never know who you're dealing with.  Two minutes after you've calmed down from an asphalt altercation, you'll have forgotten about it.  BUT if you take action, or if the other person takes action, your life could be unalterably changed for the worse.


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    August 10, 2008

    Road Rage Can Be Deadly: Graphic Photos, Videos

    Road_rage_female I started thinking about road rage this morning when I read an article about an incident that recently happened in Florida.  The woman, whose picture you see to your left, got a little upset when her boyfriend got into a road rage altercation with another driver and stabbed him to death! WPTV.com reports that “Sheriff’s detectives arrested Anusha Bissoon (DOB 2/22/80) at 1:30 this morning, which was half an hour after incident, which began as a fight over tailgating.”  Read the entire police report by clicking here.

    Wikipedia provides a pretty thorough discussion of road rage.  Of interest to you will probably be some of the things that cause a road rage incident to accelerate:

  • Generally aggressive driving, including sudden acceleration, braking, and close tailgating.
  • Cutting others off in a lane, or deliberately preventing someone from merging.
  • Sounding the vehicle's horn or flashing lights excessively.
  • Rude gestures (such as the finger).
  • Shouting verbal abuse or threats.
  • Intentionally causing a collision between vehicles.
  • Exiting the car to attempt to start a confrontation, including striking someone else's vehicle with an object.
  • Threatening to use or using a firearm or other deadly weapon.
  • Throwing projectiles from a moving vehicle with the intent of damaging other vehicles. 

    Obviously, I don't need to tell you that road rage is illegal.  Road ragers can, and will, be held legally responsible for the consequences of their actions.  Since road rage can lead to assault, battery, mayhem and even murder, road ragers should beware!  A mild-mannered accountant could wind up n Sing-Sing auditing the prison's books because of one night of rage.

    You will be fascinated by the videos, graphic photos and literature (click on the links below) about the road rage phenomenon. I must warn you that many of the videos have graphic language

    Interesting Links and More Videos

    Road Rage Graphic Photo Album (Lowell Steiger's Los Angeles Law Blog)

    Three Driving Studies: How to Avoid Succumbing to Road Rage (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)

    San Diego Man Beaten in Road Rage Incident: Two road ragers beat up the victim who was hospitalized with severe head injuries (SignonSanDiego.com)

    Florida Councilman John Lepley Found Guilty of Road Rage (TheLedger.com) Here's the story:

    John_lepley_road_rageA jury found a Davenport city councilman guilty Thursday of reaching into a Jeep and grabbing a 19-year-old man by the throat during a road rage incident last year.  Jurors spent about 40 minutes deliberating before finding John Lepley guilty of battery and assault, both misdemeanors.Polk County Judge Timothy Coon sentenced Lepley to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. He must also write a letter of apology to the motorist, Brent Burns, and complete an anger management class.  Read full story here

    Is Road Rage a Mental Disorder? (About.com)

    10 Tips to Prevent Road Rage (Edmunds.com): Here are the 10 tips in bullet point format. Click here for the full description.

    • Get your zzz's
    • Plan ahead
    • Your car is not a therapist
    • Turn down the bass
    • Loosen up, then breathe
    • It's not about
    • Hostility is toxic, and risky
    • Use restaurant etiquette
    • Take the self-test
    • Practice kindness

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