According to a recent study released by an auto insurance trade organization, Orlando is the sixth worst city in the United States for incidents of road rage. Many drivers in the Orlando area have experienced road rage, either as the initiator or the recipient. Most incidents of road rage involve honking horns, shaking fists and occasionally obscene gestures. After venting their emotions, the parties to the incident usually have no further interaction. An exception to the usual pattern reportedly occurred on November 25, 2017, when an incident of road rage allegedly escalated into the firing of gun shots and charges of attempted homicide.
At about 10:00 a.m., the driver of a Toyota Camry allegedly fired a dozen shots into a Chevrolet Impala traveling south on the Florida Turnpike. Two people in the Chevrolet suffered minor gunshot wounds and were treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center. None of the twelve shots that were allegedly fired into the Chevrolet made a direct hit on any of the victims. Police have stated that the shooting was the outcome of a road rage incident, but no details of the alleged road rage were released.
After learning of the incident, police used surveillance cameras to identify the Toyota. Police were reportedly able to identify the car from which the shots were fired, and the driver was arrested and taken to the Lake County jail. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Many facts must be ascertained before the strength of the charges against the suspect in this case can be analyzed and weighed. The alleged crimes are very serious offenses. Anyone who may be facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for advice on potential defenses and the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an acquittal.
Source: ABC News, “Orlando man arrested in Turnpike road rage shooting,” Tim Swift, Nov. 26, 2017