A cellphone video that was uploaded to the internet after an apparent road rage incident on the northbound side of the I-5 freeway has caught the interest of the California Highway Patrol team responsible for controlling these violent outbursts, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
CHP officer Denise Joslin said in the statement that the violent incident apparently occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on June 12 on the shoulder of the northbound I-5, just south of the Seventh Street exit, according to reports from the City News Service.
They discovered the video after it was posted on the website LiveLeak. It apparently shows three men arguing fiercely with one other man on the shoulder of the freeway after they got out of their vehicles. Two men took hold of the man and threw him to the ground where he was then savagely kicked as he lay prostrate on the asphalt. Finally, the three men fled the scene in a Volkswagen Jetta with the license plate number 3UGW962.
The three men responsible for the beating have yet to be found by the CHP or any other authoritative body and are asking witnesses to call their central office at 213-744-2331.
According to CHP officer Chris Baldonado, their team received reports of “highway violence” but when they arrived at the scene to offer assistance, all of the people involved had left, including the victim of the violence.
Baldonado reminded motorists to be courteous while driving and to treat other drivers with respect.
“First off, the freeway is not a fighting ring,” Baldonado said. “Be the bigger person and let it go. It’s not worth it as you can see in the video.”
He also addressed the witnesses of this incident by saying that the best thing to do is to call 911 and allow authorities to handle the incident. Baldonado said that under no circumstance should a witness attempt to intervene in a violent road rage incident.
The CHP also said on Wednesday that this is not the first time in recent memory that something like this has happened. In Orange County in May, two vehicles collided and slowed traffic on the southbound I-5 at the Orangewood exit. The two motorists involved started fighting after a heated argument about who was at fault.
In April of 2011, a resident of Santa Ana was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for ramming the rear-end of another vehicle with his car after fighting with the other driver on the I-605 in Long Beach. The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene from the impact of the crash.
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