NASHVILLE, Tenn. Road rage is becoming a common problem across the US. To be true, the way the road rage incidents are going up, it is going to become a very serious issue in the coming days.
A woman has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder in the shooting of a homeless man in Nashville last month.
Reports suggest that the only ‘crime’ of the homeless man was that he asked the woman to move her Porsche SUV a bit. This request outraged the woman so much that she whipped out a gun and shot at a 54-year old man.
The woman, who has been identified as Katie Quackenbush has been charged in the Aug. 26 shooting of 54-year-old Gerald Melton near Music Row.
Katie Quackenbush is not the only one who has whipped a gun and shot at an indefensible person. Road rage is becoming a new epidemic in the US. Reports suggest that almost 8 of 10 drivers have demonstrated significant anger, aggression or road rage in the past year. A report by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the people admitted to tailgating, confronting other motorists and even hitting other cars on purpose.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report says that anger or road rage provokes a number of risky behaviors. The study found about half of drivers, or roughly 100 million people, have tailgated or yelled at another motorist. About 45 percent honk their horn when they are mad; 33 percent make rude gestures; 24 percent block another car from changing lanes; 12 percent cut off other cars; and 4 percent have gotten out of their car to confront someone.
Meanwhile Metro Nashville Police say that the 54-year old man was Melton was disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from Quackenbush’s Porsche SUV while trying to sleep at 3 a.m. When the man politely asked the woman to move her vehicle to another empty place nearby, she started yelling. He too yelled at her and Quackenbush exited the vehicle and shot Melton twice before running up the street with another woman.
Nonetheless, the woman’s father who has been identified as Jesse Quackenbush says that his daughter fired at the man in self-defense as a warning, and didn’t know Melton was hit. Latest reports suggest that Melton is struggling for his life in a hospital.