Another Road Rage Death in Houston
Written by Greg on November 23, 2013
According to reports by KHOU.com an incident involving road rage in Pasadena South of Houston took place, Wednesday night and left one person dead.
The report indicates that the incident started at an intersection on Beltway eight when two men in a pickup truck got into an altercation with another driver.
Reportedly, one of the participants broke out the window of the other vehicle on the driver side. This resulted in a chase, which ended up in a parking lot, and one of the participants is alleged to have struck the other driver through the broken window. As reported, the person jumped into the bed of the pickup and fell out of the bed while his body was driving away.
The person in the bed of the pickup was ejected from the bed and struck his head on the ground, which resulted in his death. This unusual event highlights two very important safety issues.
Two Important Safety Issues
First and foremost, drive friendly and avoid getting caught up in an altercation that results in a road rage incident. Sure, get the license plate number and any identification you can of the other participants and called the authorities should the same be necessary, but, in getting into a physical altercation, only bad things can happen.
Second this tragedy highlights the dangers of those who choose to ride in the bed of a pickup truck. In Texas it is an offense if a driver of a pickup truck operates it with someone younger than 18 years of age in the bed of the truck. There are exceptions to the law, which is contained in chapter 545 of the Transportation Code. Nevertheless, the reasons for the statute are clear that riding in a bed of the pickup truck can be extremely dangerous.
Over the years we have seen many people injured and/or killed when they were riding on a vehicle or in the bed of a pickup truck. Certainly, no one intends for these tragedies to occur but the lack of a restraint and sometimes reckless driving have caused many families to suffer over the years.
If you feel you are getting involved in a road rage incident, roll up your windows lock your doors and call the police. Engaging the other vehicle is a dangerous undertaking and you never know what may develop.