NEBRASKA – Kimberly Pankratius is facing two felony charges after she lost her cool in a Wal-Mart parking lot and hit a fellow customer with her PT Cruiser because they too her parking spot.
Pankratius, 36, got angry when a couple pulled into a parking space she’d been waiting for. She called them “douche bags” before driving off to find another spot. At this point, I’m with Pankratius. Having a spot taken from you can be infuriating, even if it was done unintentionally.
But Pankratius couldn’t let it go and turned her vehicle around and speeded toward the couple as they were walking towards the store. Pankratius says she only meant to scare them, but she allegedly came within inches of the man and hit the woman, 40-year-old Julie Weakly, with her driver’s side mirror.
Weakly didn’t need medical treatment, but even so, Pankratius’ actions were as unacceptable as they were illegal. She was quickly identified by police via her license tag and was cooperative with police once contacted.
She admitted to being the driver who hit the woman, saying she “felt really bad about it” and was “really scared.” She was arrested and charged with assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony – both felonies.…
Wichita, KS — A 45-year-old woman and her brother got more than they bargained for when they were shot at by a fellow customer at a McDonald’s drive-through.
Deborah Bennington and her brother were in the drive-through line waiting to pick up her hot chocolate and a breakfast sandwich before going to work when a black Chevy Blazer with tinted windows wedged in between her and the vehicle in front of her. The man and woman inside the Blazer had received the wrong order and decided not to get into the back of the line.
Not wanting the Blazer to delay her rumble-guts, Bennington lurched forward in an attempt to keep the Blazer from getting in front of her, accidentally tapping it in the process. The Blazer’s female driver got out of her vehicle and she and Bennington engaged in a bit of name calling.
The woman got back into the Blazer and exchanged a bag of food at the drive-through window while Bennington memorized the Blazer’s license plate number.…
Montgomery County, TX – Robin Alyse Scott, 21, and Renee Rose Williams, 23, were arrested Tuesday night at around 6:30 PM in an apparent drunken road rage incident that has stupidity written all over it.
The incident started when Anita Beskoon reportedly noticed a Mitsubishi behind her, swerving in and out of lanes, following too closely, and honking the horn. The minivan Beskoon was driving contained four small children at the time. Beskoon reports that the Mitsubishi, ironically bearing the vanity license plate “YAY ME”, bumped her minivan from behind. She pulled over to the side of the road and confronted Scott, the driver, and Williams, the passenger, who were in the offending car. They reportedly began screaming and cursing at Beskoon, who pulled out her cell phone and informed them that she was calling police.
One can only imagine that Beskoon had perhaps inadvertently made a maneuver that displeased the drunken pair, who quickly retreated to their car and drove off. Beskoon got back into her car and began driving as well, only to see the YAY-mobile make another appearance; this time pulling up along side her, the occupants screaming angrily and making obscene gestures.…
Mobile, AL — A 40-year-old mother of two was gunned down in front of her home Saturday after she confronted a group of men in a car speeding through her neighborhood.
The dark gray or green Honda Civic or Altima with dark, tinted windows drove down Racine Avenue Saturday afternoon and almost hit Wendy Fisher’s dog as they sped past her home. Angry, Fisher yelled at the driver who stopped the car about 30 yards away.
Fisher’s teen daughter, who witnessed the entire incident, say that at that point a black man with short hair got out of the car and someone opened fire on her mother, striking her several times in the chest.
She isn’t sure if the man who got out of the car was the shooter or one of the two or three men inside the vehicle. The man got back in the car and fled the scene, leaving Fisher to die. She was still conscious after being shot, but was in shock. Fisher was rushed to the hospital but would die from her injuries.…
HOOKSETT, NH – 18-year-old Nicholas Richer is an idiot. I just wanted to make that clear before continuing. On Monday, Richer, after reportedly cut another driver off during an illegal lane change maneuver at the Hooksett toll plaza of I-93, exchanged some less-than-congratulatory hand gestures and words with the victim of his vehicular misdeed. We’ve all seen that happen any number of times and, as we know, cooler heads usually prevail and the disagreement ends without incident.
However, according to the police report, Richer made a decision during the minutes-long debacle that almost cost a couple of lives. He reached for a flare gun that he had within arm’s reach for some inexplicable reason, and pointed it out the window at the other driver. No shot was fired at that point, but when he brought the gun back into the car, it discharged, almost striking a 16-year-old passenger seated next to him. The flare struck the windshield, shattering it, and ignited the seat in which the young passenger was sitting.…
Cape Coral, FL — A 33-year-old man has been charged with battery after he allegedly spit on a 75-year-old woman in traffic in a fit of road rage.
Police say the woman, Lois Artino, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her son when Kurt Ronis pulled alongside them.
He was not happy with the way they where operating their vehicle and showed his displeasure with a barrage of profanity and a salvo of spit fired into their passenger window.
After the elder Artino was spat on several times, they pulled over and called police. Ronis was later identified after a surveillance photo of him at a toll booth was made public.
Officers interviewed Ronis at his home where he admitted to spitting at the Altinos after they cut him off in traffic. Ronis, who expressed remorse for what he did, was arrested for battery on a person 65 years of age or older.
I don’t condone what Ronis did, but my God do I understand it. But if it were legal for me to spit on all the horrible drivers I encounter on a daily basis, I’d be dead of severe dehydration.…
Road rage or another example of New York courtesy? You decide…
State police said that Danielle Barker, 32, was a passenger in a vehicle driving on the New York State Thruway Saturday night. A car behind the one that Barker was traveling in was reportedly trying to pass.
A New York State trooper commenting on the incident reported that the driver of Barker’s car would not change lanes and let the trailing car through.
When the car was eventually able to pass, police say Barker, 32, ‘hurled’ a cup of coffee through an open window of the passing car. Apparently unable to catch a simple cup of coffee, the coffee instead landed on a passenger in the vehicle.
Police pulled over the car Barker was traveling in and charged her with criminal mischief and harassment. The driver of the other car was ticketed for following too closely.…
LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP, PA — A man in Pennsylvania is facing assault charges after he took his frustration a bit too far and punched a woman several times following a road rage incident.
Police say that last Tuesday, 44-year-old Stephen Kramer got pissed after he was cut off in traffic by a 31-year-old woman. He was so pissed that he followed the woman to a Gold’s Gym and began screaming at her in the parking lot.
As they both entered the gym, witnesses say Kramer punched the lady several times, knocking her to the floor. Other gym members subdued Kramer until police arrived.
The woman was taken to the hospital for facial injuries while Kramer was taken to jail on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and recklessly endangering another person.
Lord knows I have wanted to punch my fair share of women drivers because let’s be honest, you all suck at driving, but so far I have not acted on my impulses. What? Oh, I’m sorry… I didn’t mean you specifically.…
Langhorne, PA – Police have charged John Hardy, 45, of suburban Philadelphia after he allegedly attempted to snatch a 3-year-old out of the back of the car of a woman whom he did not know. This after an apparent road rage incident. …and before he reportedly got naked. If you are near a dry erase board, uncap a marker and try to keep up…
According to a probable cause affidavit, a Pennsylvania mother-of-three told police she was driving with her children – ages 3, 8 and 15 – when a white pickup truck cut her off several times. The woman reported that she drove into a shopping center where she maneuvered her car behind the pickup in an effort get a photo of the truck’s license plate using her cell phone.
According to court documents, when the driver of the pickup truck – Hardy – saw her take the picture, he ‘became agitated’ and blocked her car behind a vacant store. Hardy then reportedly got out of his truck and screamed profanities and threats while approaching her car.…
TAMPA, Fla. — Last month I posted about a fight ignited by road rage that ended with one man getting stabbed in the head with an ice pick. On Sunday morning, the man who was stabbed, 20-year-old Wathson Adelson, died from his injuries.
According to police, Adelson and 62-year-old Alcisviades Polanco were driving southbound on Manhattan Avenue when Polanco cut Adelson off in traffic. Adelson responded by driving in front of Polanco and slamming on the brakes at an intersection. The two men got into a physical confrontation in which Polanco allegedly stabbed Adelson in the head with an ice pick he had retrieved from his car.
After his death yesterday, Adelson’s family and friends told reporters they feel the real story of what happened that day has yet to be revealed and are urging anyone who may of saw what happened to come forward.
“Somebody saw something, but they’re sitting and saying nothing. By doing that, they’re letting a young man’s memory go wasted,” family friend Spencer Scott says.…
Tampa, FL –– Our Facebook Page is fubar, our mobile theme is currently deactivated and people are getting script errors… it’s not a great way to start my Thanksgiving holiday.
So in an effort to keep my stress levels on an even keel, I’m just going to write some stories featuring people having worse days than myself, starting with a man who picked the wrong motorist to road rage on and got an ice pick to the head as a result.
It all happened on Monday morning when 62-year-old Alcisviades Polanco reportedly cut off 20-year-old Wathson Adelson (pictured) while driving down Manhattan Avenue.
Rightfully pissed, Adelson let his road rage get the better of him and sped around Polanco, got in front of him, and then slammed on his brakes. Adelson, standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 260-pounds, got out of his car and walked back towards Polanco, who was a few inches shorter and a hundred pounds lighter than Adelson.
The two got into an argument that turned physical and ended when Polanco stabbed Adelson in the head with an ice pick he had retrieved from his car. …
Louisville, KY – Lawrence Hyman, 43, was arrested when – during an apparent road rage incident – he allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at another motorist and his family. That motorist was an off-duty Louisville police officer.
According to the arrest report, Hyman was driving alongside an off-duty police officer who was traveling in an unmarked white van with his wife and two children. The two drivers were on a road that merges onto the interstate highway.
The officer in the incident stated that Hyman, “started driving very aggressively, passing officer and slamming on his brakes.” The officer reported that he attempted to pass Hyman, but Hyman sped up. It is at that point, according to arrest records, that Hyman reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the officer.
The officer responded by displaying his badge. The arrest reports stated that this caused Hyman to flee the area. Police located Hyman nearby. Police said a Ruger handgun was found in the center console of his vehicle.
Hyman is charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.…
The assault stemmed from both men both acting like jackasses as they drove down a residential street with a posted speed limit of 30mph.
John Lee, 50, was driving 35 mph on his way to drop his 10-year-old son off at school when John Sabin, 45, allegedly began tailgating him.
Sabin was not happy with the speed at which Lee was driving and attempted to pass him on the two lane road. Kind of assholish, sure, but not nearly as bad as what Lee did next. He sped up every time Sabin tried to pass.
I’ve had idiots pull this same shit on me and I’ll never understand it. Sometimes I think the person feels you are taking a swipe at their manhood or something. In that regard, I understand why Sabin got super pissed. But man, he took things way too far.
Lee says when he pulled into the school parking lot, Sabin followed behind him, got out of his car and began yelling at him.…
A woman was driving with her two children, taking a left on a green arrow when 56-year-old Donald Finnegan, coming from the opposite direction, ignored his red light and and cut the woman off as he took a right.
Understandably, this did not make the woman very happy. A fact Finnegan says she made quite obvious.
“She [was] swearing at me, cursing at me, flipping the bird off and I had my … window down, my air conditioner don’t work and I could hear over my radio and everything,” he told reporters.
For some reason, whether on purpose or because they were at another light, the woman pulled behind Finnegan, who had stopped.
According to police, Finnegan got out of his vehicle, walked back to the woman’s car, said to her, “I’m sick of people doing this,” and then punched her right in the face.
Finnegan is now facing charges of harassment, simple assault, and careless driving but according to him, he doesn’t rightly give a shit.…
Downers Grove, IL — Donald J. Sullivan, 44, reportedly called police from the scene of a traffic accident requesting an officer to prevent him from ‘shooting someone.’ In response to that call, police say he now faces a felony weapons charge.
According to the police report, Sullivan was driving in Downers Grove in a Chevy Silverado when, while stopped at a traffic light, he yelled at the motorist stopped alongside him in a Jeep Cherokee. Nobody still appears to know why Sullivan was upset. The driver of the Jeep got out to confront Sullivan, police said, and Sullivan responded by inserting a clip into a semi-automatic handgun and pointing the weapon at both the driver and a passenger in the Jeep.
After ‘exchanging words,’ the Jeep driver returned to his vehicle and both automobiles continued to drive in the same direction after the light had turned green.
The Jeep driver attempted to write down Sullivan’s license plate and call 911. In response, Sullivan reportedly swerved into the Jeep, hitting the vehicle’s right rear corner with the front of his pickup truck before the two vehicles came to an abrupt stop.…
Corpus Christi, TX — Michael Aguirre, 18, was arrested Sunday after a fatal accident which took the life of David Garner Jr., 45. Police responding to the wreck at about 7:15 am reported that Garner’s black 2008 Mazda 5 was struck from behind by Aguirre’s white 2004 Cadillac Escalade.
Aguirre was reportedly traveling ‘at a high rate of speed’ when the crash occurred. When Aguirre’s Escalade struck Garner’s vehicle, it caused both vehicles to hit a cement barrier. Enjoying the ride with Aguirre were his 19-year-old pregnant wife and their 8-month-old daughter.
According to a police report, a witness told investigators that, after the accident, Aguirre got out of his vehicle and started hitting Garner – who is presumed to have been already dead from injuries sustained in the accident – several times with his fists. Investigators say Aguirre could be charged with abuse of a corpse. Aguirre then returned to his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene. He was prevented from leaving by other drivers.
Paramedics took Aguirre’s wife and daughter to Driscoll Children’s Hospital to be checked out for any injuries. …
Clearwater, FL — Police have charged a man with attempted murder after he hit a Florida city worker with his truck because he thought the worker looked like a terrorist.
Gerald Christopher Prebe, 35, is reportedly a father of two young children who lives in a neighborhood in Clearwater. Terry Butler, 53, also lives in the same neighborhood as Prebe but according to police, the two didn’t know each other.
Butler is an African-American who has worked for the city of Clearwater in the Street Department for 24 years. Butler’s duties include repairing street signs, painting road stripes and fixing stop lights.
According to the police affidavit, one weekday afternoon in April at about 1:45pm, Prebe was driving his blue Nissan pickup when he saw Butler standing in the road after having finished his lunch break. At that moment Prebe, who was approaching Butler, yelled racial slurs out his open window, accelerated his vehicle, swerved toward Butler and struck him – throwing Butler 20 feet in the air.
After Butler was hit, Prebe sped off. …
Houston, Texas — I’ve got a few updates to report, starting with police finally filing murder charges in relation to a road rage shooting death we reported on last year.
For the link-impaired, back in October Theodore Mitsakos honked at a black truck that had pulled out in front of him. What followed was an 8-mile chase in broad daylight as the occupants in the black truck were hanging out of the windows shooting at Mitsakos.
The poor guy had time to call 911 and his business partner and explain that he was being chased before a bullet would strike him in the head, killing him. Mitsako’s vehicle would hit another vehicle before plowing into an occupied apartment building.
Witnesses described a black pickup being driven by two light-skinned black or dark-skinned Hispanic males but that’s about all the information police had to go on. “We don’t have any license plate or suspect names yet,” said Houston Police Sgt. Chris Cegielski at the time.
Now, six months and some Crime Stopper tips later, police have filed murder charges against 25-year-old Jose Gerardo Silva, a known gang member with a lengthy criminal history. …