“Obnoxious, inconsiderate, and dangerous behavior” is how a Washington state bill describes the act of driving too slow in the left lane. And while we believe that to be true, committing an act of road rage resulting in an accident is worse. And that’s what the driver of a fifth-gen Camaro did on a New York interstate highway.
Of course, as fate would have it, a witness with a dash cam captured the entire incident.
You can argue that the pick-up driver is partly to blame, since he is blocking the left lane and not moving past the semi truck in the right. Impeding traffic like that is illegal in some states, even if the Camaro driver was driving like there’s a tornado behind him (there wasn’t).
We’re not sure what the indicated speeds were, but it stopped mattering when the pickup driver in the left lane ran parallel with a semi truck in the right lane, and stayed there to prohibit the Camaro from advancing. It’s an action that’s also incredibly provoking, as anybody that has ever experienced such a thing can attest. However, we’re not about to condone what happened next.
After a few seconds of tense tailgating, the Camaro driver decided to pass the pickup in the left lane on the shoulder of the road. In the attempt, the Camaro’s rear wheels clipped some dirt, in turn breaking traction and careening into both the pickup truck and the semi.
Nobody was killed, and we can’t help to think that this accident could have been avoided if both drivers had cooler heads. Or if the Camaro driver, who was also charged with impaired driving on top of causing the accident, was sober. We’ve all experienced the frustrations of the Camaro driver, though we have never attempted such a reckless maneuver, and will never condone road rage. But we’re not about to give a nod to the pickup driver either, who fueled the fire of an angry driver. From here, we invite you all to discuss in the comment section below.