An early morning auto accident on the 14 Freeway near Los Angeles was reportedly caused by a motorcyclist with road rage.
The accident, captured on a cell phone video, occurred at approximately 5:49 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 in the southbound section of the 14 Freeway near Newhall Avenue in Santa Clarita. The individual who recorded the incident on video was heading to work when he or she saw the driver of a silver sedan cut off a motorcyclist. The situation between the two motorists quickly escalated, leading to the recording.
In the video, the motorcyclist can clearly be seen kicking the side of the sedan, which then swerves sideways into the motorcycle. The rider avoids crashing his bike, but the driver of the sedan then loses control of the vehicle, swerving into traffic and colliding with a white Chevrolet Avalanche, which flips over on to its roof.
One person had to be transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Because the motorcyclist did not appear to stop after the accident, police are investigating it as a hit and run.
Road rage a form of reckless driving
When road rage begins to affect a person’s driving behavior, it can be considered a form of reckless driving — a punishable criminal offense. The video in this case indicates the motorcyclist’s reckless behavior is what triggered the crash. And, because he did not stop afterward, he could be charged with causing a hit-and-run accident.
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