According to police, road rage was believed to be the cause of a car accident that occurred in Seattle on Jan. 15. The two drivers involved, a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, allegedly struck each other several times as they were driving at high speeds on Interstate 90 before both vehicles rolled.
Multiple motorists reported the two vehicles at approximately 6:30 p.m. after a 1995 Ford Explorer and a 2007 Ford Freestyle collided on the interstate. Multiple collisions between the two vehicles then reportedly occurred for a stretch of several miles. One witness told dispatchers that the two vehicles were allegedly traveling 100 mph or more.
The two vehicles came to a stop in the median after rolling over. The driver of the Freestyle, which also had a woman and a child as occupants, left the scene of the accident. He was tracked down by officers a short time later. The driver of the Explorer stated that he was dating the female occupant in the other vehicle, leading police to believe that the incident resulted due to road rage.
When the two men were in court on Jan. 17, the driver of the Explorer was charged with felony domestic violence assault, and his bail was set at $1 million. The driver of the Freestyle was charged with two counts of hit and run, reckless driving and reckless endangerment with his bail set at $20,000.
Those who are charged with a felony for assault face numerous severe consequences, including a potential jail sentence and a criminal record. An attorney may be able to help their client fight the charges or negotiate a plea deal that could remove or shorten certain punishments associated with the charges.
Source: KOMO, "Two men charged in Bellevue road-rage crash", January 17, 2014