At some time, all of us have experienced some type of road rage when driving. Whether you are the victim or the aggressor, road rage on our highways is not a pretty thing. AAA reported that at least 1,500 people a year are seriously injured or killed in senseless traffic disputes.
We have all experienced drivers following too closely, driving at excessive speeds, weaving through traffic, and even people running stop signs and stoplights. Road rage may even escalate into drivers gesturing in anger or yelling at another motorist. When road rage turns into physical assault and even murder, this is when it is a crime.
Recently the Denver Post reported such a confrontation that turned into a motorist shooting another motorist due to road rage. In Westminster, Colorado, Travis Smith, a 26-year-old man, shot and killed a 21-year-old man. He is being held in the Adams County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder.
Several witnesses saw Travis Smith driving a blue GMC Jimmy beside a tan 1992 Toyota Corolla eastbound on West 120th Avenue just before the intersection at Huron Street. Something happened between the two vehicles and Smith pulled out a gun and shot the 21-year-old man.
The reason for this cold-blooded murder is unknown. Police don’t think it was gang related. Just another road rage incident that is senseless and unwarranted.