Three men between the ages of 17 and 22 have been arrested in connection to a shooting following a traffic incident. A car occupied by two men attempted to flee after it struck the vehicle of the third, resulting in a chase, and finally a shooting match.
The Accident, Shooting, and Arrests
The arrests are related to an accident that occurred on March 30th at around 6:25 p.m. in Round Rock, TX. Authorities reported that two vehicles were involved in a minor accident on Road-to-Market Road 1431 at the intersection with Entrada Way.
Two brothers were traveling in a 2009 Toyota Camry when they rear-ended a Volkswagen Passat driven by a third man who was driving with small children in the vehicle.
The accident involved minor damage to the Volkswagen, but the Camry fled the scene without providing any information to the other driver. The Volkswagen pursued the Camry into the Sendero Springs neighborhood before both vehicles stopped in the 400 block of Entrada Way.
Individuals from both vehicles exchanged fire numerous times, damaging a nearby home.
The driver of the Volkswagen was arrested on a charge of child endangerment, a state felony, by Williamson County Deputies on Thursday, April 15th. He is currently booked with a bond of $10,000.
The passenger of the Camry was identified as the shooter from that vehicle and was arrested on Sunday, April 18th, with charges of deadly conduct and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies. He was identified as the younger brother of the driver of the vehicle. He has been booked without bond.
It reportedly took authorities several days of searching to locate and arrest the driver of the Camry. He was arrested on Tuesday, April 20th, on the same charges as his brother: deadly conduct and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies. His bond has yet to be set.
Road Rage Accidents in Texas
Arguably, road rage was not the cause of the initial accident itself in the case above, but road rage is a contributing factor in many Texas accidents. In fact, at nearly 1,500 incidents, road rage caused about as many accidents as cell phone use in Texas in 2019.
It may not come as a surprise to learn that the vast majority of road rage incidents take place in cities and other urban areas. These areas are more densely packed with vehicles, leading to more opportunities for multiple drivers to be involved in a crash. They also often involve more complex infrastructure and traffic patterns, leading to more confusion and driving mistakes that could enrage other drivers.
While there is a difference between road rage and aggressive driving, accidents caused by road rage necessarily involve aggressive driving on the part of that enraged driver. Alarmingly, 66% of all traffic accidents in the U.S. are caused by aggressive driving maneuvers with 37% of those accidents involving a firearm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While you can’t control the behavior of other drivers, there are a few simple rules you can follow to avoid enraging potentially volatile drivers. Download our handy guide and share it with others to help keep Texas roads a little safer.
If you’ve been involved in a Texas car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns for help filing a case or claim for compensation.