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Police: Road rage drivers tried to kill each other
March 25, 2010 - 11:25am

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=600&sid=1918912

Both drivers involved in a road rage duel on Interstate 95 during Tuesday afternoon's rush hour are being charged with trying to kill each other.
Virginia State Police Wednesday evening took dump truck driver James A. Bringham, 44, of Woodbridge, into custody. Police obtained a warrant against Bringham for attempted second-degree murder. Police previously
charged Bringham with reckless driving.

Already charged with attempted second-degree murder is Gabriel Poventud, 25, of Woodbridge. He's also charged with child endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle and reckless use of a firearm.

Police say Poventud -- who allegedly fired 13 rounds -- had his 2-year-old daughter in his Jaguar during the road rage incident on southbound I-95.

This happened after Bringham, the driver of a 2007 Ford F550 dump truck, tried to merge into the southbound lanes of I-95 from Route 123, shortly after 4 p.m.

Police say the drivers then "began engaging with one another in an aggressive manner."

The dump truck struck the Jaguar twice.

Both vehicles ended up on the left shoulder of the highway, pinned against the Jersey wall. That's when Poventud got out of his car and started firing at the truck, police say.

The dump truck pulled away into traffic, but was struck far more than four times by the 13 rounds. No one was hurt by the gunfire.

"In that kind of traffic, to have somebody shoot upwards of 13 rounds at a moving vehicle, the fact that nobody was struck, no houses, no vehicles is somewhat miraculous," says Virginia State Police Lt. Danny Glick.

As Poventud followed Bringham on the right shoulder, a trooper stopped both drivers.

Police say they have no reports of other drivers or vehicles being struck by the gunfire.

Police say drivers should avoid engaging with aggressive drivers.


I have a friend that knows the dump truck driver.

He shared what he knew about this to me.

The traffic on this part of I-95 sucks, bad. People are always cutting each other off, tailgating and not using turn signals.

Evidently the guy in the Jag was cutting people off and then wouldn't let the dump truck driver merge.

Words/gestures were exchanged. Then it escalated were the driver of the Jag brandished a firearm (with his 2 year old in the back seat).

The dump truck driver saw the weapon, and evidently in fear for his life bumped the guy in Jag, and called the state police.

The guy in the jag pursued the dump truck. The guy in the dump truck was instructed to stop, but did not as the guy in the jag was firing at him :eek: and told them that on the phone. So it ends were he pins the guys car on a jersey wall.

The dump truck driver was originally charged with reckless driving but has been re-arrested and is now charged with attempted murder and awaiting a bond hearing (which he probably won't get).

I'd wager they are going to make an example of these two.

I'm not condoning this behavior at all, just sharing an event that is very close to home and how a few seconds of reacting to an idiot can screw up your life for the foreseeable future.
 

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Thanks for the story,

Within the last few days two drivers got into it near Sacramento. A little bumper tag turned into a murder suicide.

It aint worth it. Some nozzel wants to cut you off, so be it. He's the arsehole. There's never a cop around when you need one.
 

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I do my best to avoid road rage drivers. I'll slow down, change lanes, speed up,(not in an antagonizing manner) whatever it takes to separate myself from these fools. I love my family and getting home to them is far more important than tangling with some loser on the road.

Just remember not everybody values your life like you do.

Craig
 

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i heard about this on the radio well im carrying my gun with me in case something like this happens. Reminds me of that second matrix movie everyone just fighting and shooting each others cars on the highway lol.

Be careful out there people.
 

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A dump truck against a Jag....hmmmmmmm. My uncle was killed by a garbage truck running over him and his pu truck.
Sorry to hear about your uncle.

How about bus vs. pedestrian? I have experienced that. It wasn't a case of road rage but of a horrible brain fart. There may have been a cell phone involved too.
 

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UPDATE:

Gun involved in 'road rage duel' legally owned
March 26, 2010 - 12:57pm


DALE CITY, Va. - The gun that police say was used to fire 13 shots during a road rage duel on Interstate 95 was legally owned, WTOP has learned.
Gabriel Poventud, 25, and James Bringham, 44, have been charged with attempted murder in the altercation that began at the height of Tuesday's afternoon rush hour. Police say Bringham, the driver of a 2007 Ford F550 dump truck, tried to merge into the southbound lanes of I-95 near Route 123, shortly after 4 p.m.

Police say the drivers then "began engaging with one another in an aggressive manner."

The dump truck struck the Jaguar Poventud was driving twice.

Both vehicles ended up on the left shoulder of the highway, pinned against the Jersey wall. That's when Poventud got out of his car and started firing at the truck. The dump truck pulled away into traffic, but was struck more than four times by the 13 rounds, police say.

Police say Poventud had his 2-year-old daughter in the car during the incident. No one was hurt by the gunfire.

Poventud did not have a prior history of mental illness or a criminal background that would have prohibited him from having a gun.

The information that the gun was owned legally has supporters on both sides of the debate weighing in.

"It shows that even people that legally have guns do stupid things and make mistakes, and that's one of the risks that goes with having more guns in more places," Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, tells WTOP.

"Too many people who have guns get angry, get drunk, do something stupid and when that happens, all of us are endangered. It's why we need to treat guns very seriously and make sure that it is not too easy for dangerous people to get guns," Helmke says.

Phillip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, suggests the dump truck driver should have been armed himself. :thumb:

"Why should he have been murdered helplessly? He should have been able to protect himself. I don't care who it is -- if it was an off-duty police officer that cracked and started doing that. You still need to be able to save your life, if you are the innocent life," Van Cleave says.

"Your life is precious. Things happen in this world. Crime can happen at any time. Owning something legally doesn't mean you can't misuse it. Basically our view is that you should be able to protect yourself and should be prepared to do so at any time."

WTOP's Adam Tuss contributed to this report.
 
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