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Only Two States Had No Road Rage Shootings Over Decade

They were North and South Dakota; such shootings have surged nationally, however

(Newser) - American roads are notably more dangerous than they were a decade ago in at least one respect: road rage shootings. An analysis in the Gun Violence Archive by the nonprofit Trace lays out the issue. Some of the stats:
  • Overall: In 2014, someone was shot in a road rage incident

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

Man Who Killed Boy, 6, in Road Rage Shooting Sentenced

Marcus Eriz gets 40 years to life in the death of Aiden Leos

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot a 6-year-old boy amid a road rage incident in California's Orange County in 2021 was sentenced Friday. Marcus Eriz, 26, will serve 40 years to life behind bars, NBC Los Angeles reports. He was convicted in January of charges including second-degree murder in the...

Woman Dead After Apparent Road-Rage Incident

Prosecutors allege Ryan Sweatt made a U-turn and drove into the 26-year-old in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman is dead after a Massachusetts road rage incident allegedly escalated. The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office says an initial investigation indicates Ryan Sweatt, 36, was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic on Thursday night when he allegedly got into a road rage incident with another...

Road Rage, NASCAR-Style
Road Rage, NASCAR-Style

Road Rage, NASCAR-Style

Driver Joey Gase throws his bumper at another driver's car

(Newser) - For the record, the NASCAR driver who threw his bumper at a rival's car is the one accusing the other of "not having his head screwed on right." The strange incident unfolded over the weekend during the NASCAR Xfinity Race at Richmond Raceway in Virginia, reports CBS...

Boy, 4, Killed in 'Unimaginable' Road Rage Shooting

California boy was shot in backseat of parents' car

(Newser) - A man has been charged with fatally shooting a 4-year-old California boy amid a road rage incident in Lancaster last week. Byron Burkhart, 29, is charged with murder as well as two counts of attempted murder and other charges, CNN reports. His girlfriend, who was also in the vehicle when...

Woman Fatally Shot in Texas Road Rage Incident

Her husband says he flipped off aggressive driver, who fired on their minivan

(Newser) - Another road rage incident has taken a life. Zane Jones was driving with his wife Paola Nunez Linares, 37, in Hurst, Texas, Monday night when, he tells NBC DFW and Fox 4 , he flipped off an aggressive driver. The driver responded by pulling a gun and shooting into the couple'...

Cops Respond to Car Crash, Find the Bullet Wounds

Ronni Newt, 26, is in a coma after being shot on California's Highway 101

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman in Southern California is in a coma after being shot multiple times while driving on the 101 Freeway, reports the Los Angeles Times . Police suspect road rage, but they have no suspects and no reports from any witnesses who might have seen the shooting about 5pm on...

Oregon Mayor Accused of Road Rage Shooting

Dowen Jones allegedly fired at family's vehicle on Halloween night

(Newser) - A small town in Oregon called Rufus is probably going to need a new mayor—the current one, Dowen Jones, was arrested Tuesday on attempted murder and assault charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident on Halloween night. According to the Hood River County Sheriff's Office , a family...

Fathers Shoot Each Other's Kids in Road Rage Incident

'How stupid could 2 people be,' Florida sheriff says of William Hale, Frank Allison

(Newser) - "There could have been two dead kids because of two stupid grown men," Bill Leeper, sheriff of Florida's Nassau County, said Monday, revealing two girls were each shot by the other's father during a road rage incident. William Hale, 35, of Douglas, Ga., and Frank Allison,...

Actor Pablo Lyle Guilty in Miami Road Rage Death

'Two lives were destroyed by simple roadway anger'

(Newser) - A Mexican actor was convicted in South Florida on Tuesday of fatally punching a man during a road rage confrontation. A six-person jury in Miami-Dade circuit county found Pablo Lyle, 35, guilty of manslaughter, according to court records. He faces up to 15 years in prison, the AP reports. "...

Dad of 3 Killed in 'Unprovoked' Road-Rage Shooting

Driver tried to push Dennis Anderson off road before passenger opened fire: cops

(Newser) - A father of three was enjoying a day out with his partner of 18 years when he was fatally shot in an "unprovoked" road rage shooting in Oregon, police say. Dennis Gerard Anderson, 45, of Tigard was declared dead at the scene on Route 18 in Polk County, where...

Cops: Man Was Shot Dead for Driving Too Slowly

'This was a horrendous, unnecessary death,' police chief says

(Newser) - Days after a Subway employee was fatally shot by a customer who complained about too much mayo on his sandwich, another senseless killing: Police say a man was shot dead near Philadelphia Wednesday morning because somebody thought he was driving too slowly. Authorities say 54-year-old King Hau was fatally shot...

American Drivers Are Shooting Each Other at Alarming Rates

A US motorist is killed or wounded by gunfire every 17 hours, says advocacy group

(Newser) - Texas isn’t the only place in America where road rage incidents involving gunfire have reached alarming levels, but the state seems to have more than its fair share, reports the New York Times . In Houston, to cite an example that made national headlines, a 17-year-old was killed as he...

New Jersey Man Accused of Brutal Road-Rage Incident

Vincent Jean, 56, allegedly chased woman after fender bender, ran over her multiple times

(Newser) - A young woman is lucky to be alive and a man is in custody after allegedly running her over, multiple times, in a vicious road-rage incident in New Jersey. Witnesses tell NBC New York it started during Tuesday morning's rush hour, when a man backing up on a one-way...

Road Rage Toll Tops 500 Casualties in '21
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Road Rage Toll Jumps

Advocacy group counts more than 500 casualties in 2021

(Newser) - Still more people were killed or wounded in cases of road rage last year, an analysis has found, reaching an average of 44 per month. For the year, the totals rose steeply, to 130 people shot to death and almost 400 wounded after encountering an angry driver, NBC News reports....

Mom Who Said Son Was Shot in Road-Rage Incident Arrested

3-year-old Dallas boy was shot at very close range, investigators say

(Newser) - A Dallas woman who claimed her 3-year-old son was killed in a road-rage shooting is now in custody facing charges including child endangerment. Lacravivonne Washington, 26, initially told investigators that her son, Jalexus Washington Jr., was shot by an aggressive driver who had been following her. But police say they...

Police Ask Public's Help in Road Rage Shooting of Girl, 9

Family's SUV got between 2 racing vehicles on Houston freeway, say authorities

(Newser) - Update: "Somebody knows something," Houston's police chief said Monday in making a public plea for information in the road rage shooting of a 9-year-old girl. The family of Ashanti Grant, who's still in the hospital after being wounded last week, joined the mayor and police chief...

Driver Going to Holiday Dinner Slain in Front of His Children

Vehicle pulled alongside victim's in shooting that police say might have been road rage

(Newser) - A Maryland man on his way to Christmas Eve dinner was shot to death in front of his three children and girlfriend in what police said might have been a case of road rage. Daniel Kelly Jr., 30, of Clinton was behind the wheel when he was shot multiple times...

Alleged Road-Rage Crash 'a Parent's Worst Nightmare'

Krista Nichols, unborn son died Saturday; boyfriend Miguel Larios is accused of driving drunk

(Newser) - Police say a California man had been drinking Saturday when he got behind the wheel of his truck, accompanied by his 8-months-pregnant girlfriend, who would soon die along with her unborn son. The driver, 26-year-old Miguel Larios, "was involved in a road rage incident with a second vehicle for...

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