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July 17, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a bizarre road-rage confrontation yesterday, a driver in University City struck three construction workers - flipping one onto his hood, smashing his windshield - then drove off but soon returned to argue, police said. Donald Myers, 39, of East Germantown, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu east on Chestnut Street approaching 30th Street around 10 a.m. when he got stuck in traffic, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The backup was caused by a construction crew directing trucks loaded with supplies onto a site next to the intersection, Walker said.
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August 27, 2000 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
They have no hesitation cursing and making obscene hand gestures, tailgating, or pulling a weapon on another driver. These angry drivers are becoming more commonplace, said Cpl. Allan Mauger of Uwchlan's Traffic Safety Unit. "Maybe it is built-up frustration or a lack of courtesy on the road," Mauger said. "One driver went after another driver with a hammer. He said he wanted to educate the driver. " As Chester County experiences rapid development and increasing highway congestion, police say more motorists are taking their frustration out on other drivers.
NEWS
July 31, 2000
Sporting-event outbursts Over the years, I have witnessed a definite increase in the frequency and severity of parental confrontations with coaches, referees and spectators (Inquirer, July 16). Where we seem to have the greatest number of malcontents present are at matches involving our younger players. Most arguments appear to stem from coaches and parents not fully understanding the rules of the game. They feel they have a right to be heard regardless of the impact on the children and others around them.
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January 16, 2011 | By Mark Fazlollah and Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Northeast Philadelphia man was held Saturday without bail on murder and weapons charges in what police said was an apparent road-rage killing after a traffic accident in the 3000 block of Devereaux Street. Police said Donald Griffith, 42, was in a fender-bender with Jamil Ransome, 20, shortly before 9 p.m. Friday. They said that immediately after the accident, Griffith pulled a gun and fired repeatedly at Ransome, hitting him once in the stomach. Griffith fled before police arrived.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
WHAT happened to me on a recent morning made me think of recent road-rage incidents that resulted in almost explainable tragedies. I headed over to the Wawa in Port Richmond for a sandwich since I hadn't eaten in 24 hours due to a horrible toothache. It was almost 9 a.m., and the parking lot was crowded. I'd backed out once for one person and proceeded around the back of the lot, making a turn at the same time as a large SUV. I, a 40-plus-year-old African-American woman, came face to face with a 30-something white woman with her toddlers in the car. She aggressively butted her car up to the front of mine as an act of defiance, letting me know I needed to back up. Having already backed up for another driver, I placed my car in park and decided I was in for the long haul and proceeded to call my daughter and continue an argument from earlier.
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June 21, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 32-year-old real estate appraiser was indicted yesterday by a Burlington County grand jury on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats in a case of "road rage," according to Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond. "For some reason, this man became enraged while driving behind this lady and then attacked her," Raymond said. The incident occurred during the early evening of March 27 when a slightly built 51-year-old Mount Laurel woman, whom Raymond would not identify, was driving home on Route 73 in Mount Laurel.
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January 19, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Road rage will not be allowed in Montgomery County, says Judge Paul W. Tressler. A jury didn't accept it as an excuse a year ago, when Theodore Worner, a 35-year-old Philadelphia man, tried to use it as a defense for attacking a Lower Moreland man who was driving with his high-beam headlights on. And neither did Tressler in imposing a sentence on Worner. On Wednesday, the judge ordered Worner to serve 2 1/2 to 9 years in state prison. "Number one, the guy was not remorseful in the least bit," Tressler said.
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September 28, 2005 | By Stephen R. Schwartz
If you drive with any regularity, you have either witnessed random acts of motorist stupidity or perhaps even participated in such risky shenanigans. Take, for example, this month's tragic confrontation between a Lindenwold man and a high school student. James D. Munter, 53, a computer programmer, died from head injuries after being punched by Jason Allen, 17. Munter collapsed behind his wheel, never regaining consciousness. Munter was driving on the White Horse Pike in Laurel Springs around 5:30 p.m. Sept.
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May 12, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com215-854-5949
A Northeast Philadelphia former firefighter and his adult son were ordered to stand trial this morning for the "road rage" beating death of a man last month. Gerard M. Shaffer, 47, who retired before being fired from the Philadelphia Fire Department, and his son, Gerard Jr., 21, were each held on counts of third-degree murder and conspiracy in the beating death of Mark Wallace . Wallace, 54, was beaten and fractured his skull after being attacked at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in the Northeast on April 8. He died April 20. The prosecutor and witnesses at this morning's preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, said the fight between the Shaffers and Wallace began when Wallace walked in front of the SUV being driven by the father.
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March 31, 2008 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the car sped down rain-slick asphalt, its driver looking to settle a score, 16-year-old Jessica Rogers felt a sickening mix of helplessness and terror. "Slow down!" and "Don't kill us!" Rogers remembers calling from the backseat that night in March 2005. But the 19-year-old at the wheel didn't listen. Determined to catch up with a motorist who had cut them off, he barreled down the shoulder of a Mercer County road at twice the 30 m.p.h. speed limit, then lost control and struck a telephone pole.
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May 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS LATE SATURDAY, about 9 p.m., when James Hall double-parked in front of his home in West Philly. He had just gotten back from a shopping trip with his two daughters, his fiancee, Lakisha Robinson, and Robinson's daughter, Aniyah Curry. The group was getting ready to go back out, Robinson said yesterday, so Hall left the car's hazard lights on as he ran inside to grab something. He'd only be gone for a few minutes, he told the others. But in that short span, the family was nearly torn apart by a careless punk in a black sedan.
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July 9, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SHAFFIAT ALI is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May. Two months after he was arrested in a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, was arrested again Sunday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Some friends of the injured pedestrian gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said.
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July 1, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IRIS MONTANEZ hasn't slept since Friday. The image of Antonio Pedraza, her next-door neighbor and good friend, being shot to death at point-blank range just in front of her doorstep keeps playing over and over again in her mind. "The guy had no reason" to shoot him, Montanez, 41, cried yesterday afternoon at her home on 5th Street near Cambria. "I remember everything. Two days, I don't sleep or nothing, because I've got everything in my head. " In Spanglish and with translation help from her 10-year-old daughter, who also witnessed part of Pedraza's brutal slaying Friday night, Montanez recounted the harrowing ordeal that unfolded on the busy Fairhill block, leaving the 32-year-old man dead on the sidewalk: Pedraza had been out to see the new "Transformers" movie with an ex-girlfriend earlier in the evening, Montanez said.
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June 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"IT'S NOT WORTH IT," Theodore Johnson said. He couldn't understand why a New Jersey man allegedly killed his cousin over something as petty as a traffic dispute. "It's silly," he said last night at the Logan house where his cousin, Todd Riley, lived. "It's not worth him dying, and it's not worth that man sitting in prison for the rest of his life. " Riley, 43, whom Johnson described as a kindhearted family man who treated him like a brother, died early Sunday at Temple University Hospital, police said.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have charged a South Philadelphia man, a registered sex offender under Megan's law, in Saturday night's road-rage incident in which a vehicle's window was shot out. Police said Shaffiat Ali, 31, of the 1400 block of South 12th Street, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. He was accused of using a BB gun to shoot at a car with two women and a 4-year-old girl in the backseat about 7:20 p.m. on the 400 block of South Broad Street. The 28-year-old driver told police that the incident began on the 500 block of Lombard Street when a red Mitsubishi Eclipse began to follow her vehicle, and the man behind the wheel of the Eclipse began blowing the horn and hanging out the driver's side window.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
As a little boy growing up south of South Street, Joe Wilson first drove a car, a 1942 Packard, at age 6 with his stepfather. That's right, 6. At age 11, he took the wheel of a '56 Fairlane, alone. But Joe dreamed big, SEPTA-bus big. "The No. 50 went right by my house, and all I ever wanted," he said, "was the honor of driving a bus. " It took him almost a decade before he landed his dream job, in 1978. But it was worth the effort. Rare is a man so suited to a job. Every weeknight, Wilson's trips on the No. 2 bus resemble a movable watering hole without the drink.
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July 17, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The State of Pennsylvania is sending a message to drivers: Slow down, back off, chill out. For the next month, law enforcement agencies along the 350-mile Route 30 corridor will work overtime to target and ticket aggressive drivers. So what qualifies as "aggressive?" Tailgating. Running red lights. Weaving. Giving too little space to cyclists and pedestrians. And, of course, there are more directly aggressive moves - honking, flipping the bird, yelling, even assault - associated with road rage.
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July 12, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE SCHUYLKILL Expressway's nerve-racking enough without bullets flying around, but state police say one angry motorist skipped the horn and went for a gun in a road-rage incident Wednesday night. The victim was driving his Chrysler 300 west on the Expressway about 10:30 p.m. between Montgomery Drive and Route 1 when he accidentally cut off another driver, said Cpl. Gerard McShea, of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Philadelphia. The victim said he saw the car behind him speed up and then heard a loud crack, McShea said.
NEWS
April 28, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ATTENTION, MOTORISTS: Be on the lookout for a hotheaded driver on Roosevelt Boulevard who'll knock your teeth out if you diss him. I share this warning because the guy is a menace, even if a certain cop in the 8th Police District doesn't think so. And I want to spread the word before someone gets beaten up, the way William Velasquez did. Last Saturday afternoon, Velasquez, 40, was cruising north on Roosevelt near Welsh Road, headed for Walmart....
NEWS
April 16, 2013
A road-rage incident turned into a shootout Sunday afternoon in North Philadelphia when a private security guard and another man traded fire at 13th and Wallace Streets around 2:15 p.m., police said. It was not immediately clear who fired first, or how many shots were fired. The security guard pursued the man, who was in a car with several others, police said, to the 800 block of Reno Street. The man then jumped out of the car, the security guard reported, and barricaded himself in an apartment building.
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