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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GERARD SHAFFER JR., who once aspired to be a Philadelphia firefighter just like his dad, was sentenced to jail Wednesday for killing a man during a 2010 road-rage incident. Before being sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail, Shaffer, 24, cried and apologized to the victim's family. They responded by calling him a "crybaby" and an unrepentant "punk" who acted like a "badass" on his MySpace page even after the killing. Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., were in an SUV at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in Northeast Philadelphia on April 8, 2010, when they thought the victim, Mark Wallace, was crossing too slowly in front of them.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator and accused killer of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, was cited last year for exposing himself to a woman on the highway after he became enraged when the woman allegedly would not let him pass her, a state police trooper said. Smith, who was arrested last week and charged with strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire, was driving his silver Nissan Pathfinder southbound on I-95 in Bensalem around 1 p.m. on March 16, according to court papers.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By Allison Steele Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator charged in the murder of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, pleaded guilty last year to exposing himself to someone on I-95 n a fit of road rage, court records show. Smith, who was arrested last week for allegedly strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire in the basement of her home, received the citation in Bensalem for disorderly conduct on March 16. The circumstances were not clear, but Smith, of Levittown, paid $289 in fines, according to court papers.
SPORTS
January 20, 2013
Q: I find it to be a pain in the butt when I am on the highway and the person in the left lane is driving 40-50 mph. It is called the passing lane, buddy. At what point can I hit the horn or flash my lights? - In a Hurry but not a Rush from Ridley A: Slow down,'bro. It's not worth getting worked up with road rage over some slow driver, because these days you've got a lot of crazy people out there, and there's no telling what they'd do if confronted. Keeping a safe distance and flashing the brights once is cool, but if you keep doing it and the driver still doesn't move to the right, then it could turn into a game of wills.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...
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