Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, a 28-year-old man shot a 22-year-old woman in the eye with a BB gun in an apparent road-rage incident in Stevenson Ranch, reported the Los Angeles Times. The suspect, Cory Flenory, a parolee, attempted to ram the car in which the woman was riding in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Flenory then followed the vehicle to the intersection of the Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, where he shot at the vehicle with his BB gun. The woman was shot in the right eye and underwent seven hours of surgery. Authorities arrested him shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday on suspicion of mayhem.
Every year in the United States, an average of at least 1,500 people are injured or killed as a result of ‘aggressive driving,’ according to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Since 2005, the number of people who say they’ve felt ‘uncontrollable anger’ toward another driver has doubled to more than 1 in 10 drivers on the road, reported The Washington Post. Among younger drivers, 1 in 6, or 18 percent, reported feeling road rage often.
Under California law, drivers who engage in road rage will face penalties for assault, the suspension of their licenses, and a court-approved anger management course on road rage. In addition to criminal charges, overly-aggressive drivers could also face civil actions, such as personal injury claims, from those who they harm for recovery-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured in this road rage incident.
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