Men will be boys

Men will be boys … sometimes with lethal consequences.

From eyewitness reports, police gave a detailed account of events leading up to the crash.

A 55-year-old man was heading to work from his Milton home. He was driving north on James Snow Parkway when, at 5:16 a.m., a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix pulled up beside him.

While police don’t know what precipitated it, they allege the two drivers began a duel of sorts, jockeying to be the first on the Highway 401 ramp ahead. They accelerated “at a high rate of speed” toward the on-ramp, said Staff Sergeant Dennis Mahoney-Bruer of the Ontario Provincial Police Port Credit division.

The man driving the SUV managed to surge ahead and merge into the centre lane, but the Pontiac driver wasn’t conceding defeat: He accelerated and cut in front of the SUV, then slammed on the brakes — a classic road-rage manoeuvre, police say.

smashed up SUVDavid Ritchie, Globe and Mail

To avoid rear-ending the Pontiac, the SUV driver swerved to the left and lost control, smashing into the cement median and rolling at least three times, police said. The SUV bounced about 300 metres until it landed upright. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle ….

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name at the request of the family.

I don’t like to pile onto people who have already suffered a tragedy but, in this case, maybe it’s a kind of public service announcement. Maybe someone else will think twice before yielding to road rage.

The victim was 55 years old. The other guy, who is now charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death, is 39 years old.

Both of them were old enough to know better than this. And the victim wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, which is why he was thrown out of his SUV to his death.

It’s a senseless tragedy from beginning to end. “It could have been avoided,” his brother says.

The quote is from the Toronto Star, which also quotes OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley:

He said drivers who get involved in road rage incidents are generally men with above average incomes and education.

“We’ve literally had soccer moms in minivans ramming each other, but usually it’s men,” he said.

“They are generally people who have had no previous contact with the police and have good reputations in the community.”

How sad:  to live a good life only to die violently — or kill someone — because of a childish tantrum in an automobile. May the rest of us consider well, and not make the same mistake.

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