When road rage turns deadly

Posted at 10:11 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 22:11:52-05

(PIX11) -- It’s now clear what was initially reported as a random fatal road rage incident on the streets of Las Vegas involved two feuding parties who not only knew each other, but lived in the same neighborhood.

“He knew where I lived. We knew how bad he was, but we didn’t know he was this bad,” said the victim’s husband Robert Meyers. The 19-year-old suspect is now in custody.

What he’s accused of doing, fatally shooting a mother after her daughter blew the horn at him, is at the extreme end of the road rage spectrum. But the problem, to a lesser extent, is not going away especially right here in New York City.

“I’m a crazy person when I drive,” said driver Kelly Lucas. In fact, across the country patience runs thin while we’re behind the wheel.

Psychologist Dr. Jay Buzz Von Ornsteiner says “Intermittent Explosive Disorder," the clinical term that typically manifests itself behind the wheel is often a study in risk.

“People tend to objectify the person in the other car. They don’t see that person face to face. When you’re seeing another individual, logical reasoning sometimes clicks in. And the person doesn’t over react, and creates these counter-productive behaviors,” said Dr. Ornsteiner.