RCMP to investigate road rage incident on Highway 1
An ICBC analyst says it is one of the worst road rage incidents he’s ever seen in British Columbia.
“What I saw was someone trying to cause someone else to go off the road. That can cause a serious injury, even fatality,” said Mark Milner, an ICBC Road Safety Manager.
“We’ve never seen one before – or I haven’t – where somebody is trying to purposely hurt someone, and that’s something we can’t look on kindly.”
It happened on January 19 around 4:30 p.m. on the westbound lanes of Highway 1 near Langley. A driver of a truck appears to tailgate a car in front, before aggressively swerving towards the car twice.
“That was a lot more extreme than what we usually see. Most of the time, road rage is a little more low key than that in B.C. anyway. It’s people tailgating, it’s people honking, flashing their highbeams, cutting someone off on purpose,” said Milner.
“This is one of the worst I’ve seen in B.C. Short of people getting out of their vehicle and trying to hit each other, this is the worst I’ve seen.”
Dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing injury, and leaving the scene of a crash are criminal offences, which can carry penalties up to 10 years in prison.
RCMP Traffic Services say have the video and will be investigating.
“Hopefully the police will be able to find the driver and at least caution them,” said Milner.