Accidents are pretty common on highways. Thanks to cameras mounted on dashboards, few of these are even caught on tape. However, a dashcam recently recorded a daring case of road–rage that went terribly wrong.
Police in San Diego are investigating whether a collision during an alleged road rage incident between two women was intentional or whether one of the drivers lost control of her vehicle while expressing her displeasure with the other woman. This may sound quite absurd, but the video does show a pick–up swerving wildly in the path of a car and ramming it on a freeway, reported abc news.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) in San Diego, who has currently cordoned off the area are closely looking a dashcam footage that shows a pickup truck swerving into a car, causing them both to crash. “Right now whether it’s a crash or a criminal act is under investigation,” said Officer Jake Sanchez with the San Diego CHP.
The video that has gone viral shows a normal Saturday traffic, when a blue pick–up gains speed from behind a white sedan and drives parallel to it. Thereafter, suddenly and without any warning, the pick–up violently swerves right directly in the path of a white sedan. The impact of the heavy pick–up is so powerful that both the vehicles severely veer off course. The pick–up then hits the barricades and flips, while the sedan screeches to a halt.
Officials have been able to determine, the pick–up truck was being driven by Stephanie Pontarolo, whereas, the sedan was being maneuvered by Kelsey Shakespeare. While statements of both the drivers have been recorded, CHP strongly feels that both the females were annoyed and may have had strong altercations while driving. However the driver of the pick-up truck was angry, and pulled next to the car to show her displeasure with the other driver.
Both the drivers are said to safe and have suffered only minor injuries. Looking at the footage, it is clearly a miracle that Pontarolo, the woman who was driving the pick–up wasn’t severely injured when the vehicle flipped.
CHP is currently investigating the crash from multiple angles and if the incident is found to be a criminal act, charges could range from reckless driving to attempted murder, informed Sanchez.
Road Rage is apparently a very serious phenomenon affecting many Americans, but young adults are more susceptible to the same. Apparently, despite strict traffic rules, the drivers are getting unruly.
[Image credit | abc news]