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Former Saint slain in road rage incident, important points raised

The news of the traumatic death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith has rocked the area. While there are many questions that remain about his death, there is one important point that was raised by his death. That point is that the prevalence of road rage is increasing.

If you go back to 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data noted 196 fatal crashes and 235 fatalities in which road rage or aggressive driving were a factor. Fast forward to 2014 and there were 375 fatal crashes and 418 fatalities that shared those factors.

In the case of Will Smith, what seems to be a case of road rage ended up with him being killed and his wife being shot. With the current information, it appears that the suspect shot the victims after exchanging words with the former football player.

The suspect in the case, who has been charged with second-degree murder, is a 28-year-old male. That places him right in the age range of 16 to 40 in which men are most likely to act on anger while driving.

The criminal charges that a case of road rage can lead to can range from assault and battery up to murder. The exact charge that is placed against the person depends upon the circumstances of the incident. Interestingly, these crimes are sometimes done in the heat of the moment. That might be able to be used in a defense strategy, but determining that would be part of determining a defense strategy. Once the facts of the case are established and the prosecution's case is reviewed, you can decide how to handle your defense.

Source: USA Today, "Ex-NFL player's death turns spotlight on road rage," John Bacon, April 10, 2016

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