• Jun 13th 2012 at 3:30PM
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Police have always warned law-abiding motorists that they should not engage with drivers who have a case of road rage. It's always smarter to take a license plate number, and if needed, call 911.

In case you need an example as to why that's the best course of action, check out a cautionary tale that comes from Tampa this week.

Therese O'Neill, 29, changed lanes to overtake a slowing car on Tampa Road in Pinellas County. When she came to a stop at a light, she noticed the driver behind her throwing a fit. Bonnie N. Coleman, 31, apparently objected to the lane change.

Coleman then repeatedly rammed O'Neill's car and tried to push it through the red light and into the intersection. O'Neill threw her own car into reverse, and tried to push back. Then she made a mistake. She got out of her car.

Coleman did to, and came out throwing haymakers. A witness to the incident tried to make peace – and wound up with a fractured eye socket. Coleman, whom police arrested, hit the witness too.

That's not the only road-rage case that has made headlines in recent days.

In the Chicago suburbs, the conviction of road-rage murderer Jesus Rodriguez, 54, was upheld in an appellate court ruling Tuesday.

On Aug. 29, 1981, Rodriguez tailed a vehicle in which he had an incident to a gas station and, armed with a pistol, confronted the driver of that vehicle. John Spoors, a passenger in that car, was shot and killed as he tried to flee.

In another ongoing case, a motorcyclist shot during a road-rage incident over Memorial Day weekend asked prosecutors on Tuesday to file charges against a 65-year-old man accused of shooting Keith Randell in the chest.

Road rage incidents are often hard for authorities to analyze as a set because aggressive driving can be measured from the obvious, such as the incidents mentioned above, to making rude gestures and honking the horn.

But a story from the AAA Foundation analyzed more than 10,000 suspected road-rage incidents over the past seven years and found they resulted in at least 218 murders and 12,610 injuries.



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      ralonne
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Coleman did to, and came out throwing haymakers." Uh AOL Autos you might want to learn that TOO means the same as ALSO, whereas "TO" is a verb. For God's sake let me help you publish more literate articles. It's an embarrassment for AOL and even HPo that your writers have such lousy English and grammar skills.
        jwallstrom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ralonne
        Or did you mean a preposition?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ralonne
        Perhaps you should consult a dictionary before espousing such drivel. A verb, indeed. Yes, how does one "to"?
        akita4u
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ralonne
        As long as we are trying to be accurate, to is either an adverb or a preposition, never a verb ( how does one to?). I'm glad I can help publish more literate responses.
          jwallstrom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @akita4u
          Then, perhaps you can explain how "to" is an adverb (how, when, where, or how much)?
        csmith2720
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ralonne
        get a life, who cares unless you are still in 3rd grade studying nouns, verbs, etc.
          GOODDOC1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @csmith2720
          Have you ever heard the saying "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"? It applies in this case. If a person is going to write a response to an article critical of it's spelling, grammar, etc., rather than it's content, they had better be sure THEIR spelling, grammar, etc. is perfect themselves!
        wfclish
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ralonne
        While "too" means "also", "to" is NOT a verb. "To" is a preposition.
      Foxy Fox
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a fleeing suspect rams a police car in the process, it is construed as attempted murder. I do not see how this situation could possibly be any different.
      • 3 Years Ago
      :O
      armyfieldmedic
      • 3 Years Ago
      "It's always smarter to take a license plate number, and if needed, call 911." So... you can waste 10 minutes of your life and nothing gets done? GREAT advice.
        lori279187
        • 3 Years Ago
        @armyfieldmedic
        Yep. Tried this. As you said nothing happened.
        GOODDOC1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @armyfieldmedic
        It beats what happened here, or the ones who got killed! I'll waste those ten minutes and live, thank you very much!
      Joe Be
      • 3 Years Ago
      That motorcyclist mentioned here in the article decided to assault the grandpa in his car because he was mad at what he thought was gramps cutting his wife off. Maybe if he had kept his fists to himself he wouldn't have gotten shot.
      sassysouthngal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow.. Florida again. what is going on??? What happened to the happy people down there? This woman wasn't suffering just from road rage she has bigger issues than that I think. Anyone who would try to kill someone and she seemed definately determined to try and do just that, over something as simple as being cut off in traffic has some major issues going on in their life. She needs some serious jail time and pysch evaluations!
      rvheaney
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another Obama voter in jail ! If they keep this up he will lose for sure !
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't have gotten out of my vehicle until the police got their if I go into that kind incident with someone. If someone is going ram into you intentionally with a vehicle like this woman did then what do you expect them to do to you face to face? Sheesh. This is why I carry cayenne pepper mace with me.
      ronald1216
      • 3 Years Ago
      dumb women she already reacing the red light then decide to speed they all doing that thats why i run my video amera where i go and catch them
      PAT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tampa?? LOL That's as much as I need to read. Floridaians are at it again.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Party of family values is in town.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like rage is alive and well right here. Truth is about a month ago I made a lane change after signaling and with plenty of space between me and the pick-up truck hauling a trailer in the next lane. Moments later the guy roars past us and deliberately switches lanes, trying to hit us with the trailer behind him. It was so close we were shaken and he was speeding outrageously but we thanked God we had lived through it and went on with our business. The suggestions made here show largely that you are just as responsible as the guy you're ranting about.
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