95 incident state's second involving guns this month | InsideNova.com
Update:95 incident state’s second involving guns this month
By Uriah A. Kiser
Published: March 24, 2010
Updated: March 24, 2010
Update 11 p.m. Wednesday: Both drivers arrested on attempted murder charges. Click Dump truck driver arrested in 95 road rage incident | InsideNova.com to read more.
WOODBRIDGE, Va.—Firing a gun in the middle of a busy roadway has happened twice in Virginia in the last few weeks.
That method of dealing with road rage landed a 25-year-old Woodbridge man in jail without bond Tuesday. State police say Gabriel Poventud fired 13 shots at a dump truck on Interstate 95 south during evening rush hour Tuesday.
On March 15, a 69-year-old man driving on a neighborhood street in Pittsylvania County, near North Carolina border, rammed his car into another vehicle four times and then got out and fired a gun in the air before speeding off.
Tuesday’s road rage incident on I-95 began near Va. 123, as a dump truck driver tried to merge from the express lanes onto the main lines. The truck driver twice struck a 2004 Jaguar sedan in his way, sparking a highway fight.
After fighting for position, the truck and sedan ended up pinned together against a Jersey wall near Va. 234.
State police said Poventud then got out of his Jaguar, brandished a handgun and fired 13 shots at the dump truck, striking it four times. His 2-year-old daughter was in the car at the time.
No one was injured.
Drivers on the heavily congested interstate watched in shock.
“I was right behind the shooter’s car, and that dump truck rammed the Jaguar on purpose. And then, when he backed up and the two interlocked their fenders, the dump truck again rammed that Jaguar, on the driver’s side on purpose,” said motorist Jim Leavells, who was behind the Jaguar.
Gunfire is not common on area roads, but weapons have been used in 37 percent of all reported cases of road rage in the U.S., according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“More than 1,500 people are killed or injured in road rage incidents each year in this country and when you add a gun to the mix the situation is more likely to spiral out of control,” said AAA John B. Townsend II. “Gun-toting drivers are more likely to become involved in road rage incidents, study after study has confirmed.”
Studies have shown that young men, and young adults overall, have admitted to making obscene gestures, cursing or blatantly shouting at other drivers while they were carrying a handgun, said Townsend. He quoted a 2006 Harvard study of 2,400 drivers, which showed motorists who carry guns inside their car are more likely to engage in road rage.
Both Poventud and the dump truck driver – 44-year-old James Bringham of Woodbridge – face charges stemming from Tuesday’s road rage incident.
Poventud is charged with child endangerment, attempted homicide, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle and reckless use of a firearm, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.. Bingham is charged with reckless driving.
State officials urge drivers to stay calm behind the wheel, to ignore eye contact or rude gestures and not to return them if they are displayed by another driver.
Drivers should also avoid blocking the passing lane. If going slower than other drivers, get out of the left lane, said Geller.
Staff writer Uriah A. Kiser can be reached at 703-878-8065.
[emphasis added see NRA comments below]
Local Dump truck driver arrested in 95 road rage incident
By Kari Pugh
Published: March 24, 2010
Updated: March 25, 2010
Both drivers accused in an Interstate 95 road rage incident involving gunfire now face attempted murder charges.
Troopers late Wednesday arrested James A. Bringham, 44, of Woodbridge, on a charge of second-degree attempted murder and felony hit-and-run, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Police say Bringham twice rammed a 2004 Jaguar driven by a Woodbridge man as he tried to merge from the express lanes onto southbound Interstate 95 near Va. 123 about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both men then drove aggressively for miles, state police said. Near Va. 234, the dump truck pinned the Jaguar against a Jersey wall. That’s when the Jaguar’s driver got out with a handgun and fired 13 shots at the dump truck, state police say. The two men then pulled out into heavy traffic again before state police stopped them a few minutes later.
The Jaguar driver, Gabriel Poventud, 25, of Woodbridge, was arrested at the scene, Geller said. His 2-year-old daughter was in the car at the time. Poventud was charged with child endangerment, attempted homicide, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle and reckless use of a firearm, Geller said.
Bringham was charged at the scene with reckless driving. After further investigation, he was charged late Wednesday with attempted murder, Geller said.
NRA-ILA has this to say:
"Does Anti-Gun Researcher David Hemenway Have Something To Hide?"
NRA-ILA :: Does Anti-Gun Researcher David Hemenway Have Something To Hide?
It is common practice among legitimate researchers to give their peers access to data used in their studies, so that other researchers can review both the data and the methodology used in their analysis.
Recently, prolific anti-gun researcher David Hemenway, of Harvard University's Injury Control Research Center, released an article on a survey he and colleagues conducted, hoping to undermine laws respecting the right of people to carry firearms for protection. Their theory was that there would be a correlation between "road rage" incidents (including situations in which a rude hand gesture was made) and the presence of a gun in an automobile.
Among the survey's obvious flaws, it did not ask people whether they had ever used or observed a gun (as perpetrator, witness or victim) in any such incident. Instead, it asked people whether they had ever been involved in such an incident and, separately, whether they had at any time ridden in a vehicle in which a gun was present. Thus, it did not determine whether there were guns in any vehicles involved at the time of such incidents, let alone whether guns were brandished or used.
John Lott, Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Michael Brown, of Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws, took a quick look at Hemenway's article and humorously observed that it showed that "liberals are much more likely to engage in road rage (both making obscene gestures and driving aggressively) than conservatives." To thoroughly evaluate the survey, Lott has since asked Hemenway to share his data, but, he says, "Hemenway is not responding."
John Lott's Website: Hemenway and Co-authors Refuse to Provided Data Set From 1999
Also, of the three studies shown on AAA site this is the only reference I can find.
You will notice that firearms or guns is NOT singled out for a count - they are collectively grouped with other weapons.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety - ResourcesWeapons Used by Aggressive Drivers
In approximately 4,400 of the 10,037 known aggressive driving incidents, the perpetrator used a firearm, knife, club, fist, feet or other standard weapon for the attack. In approximately 2,300 cases the aggressive driver used an even more powerful weapon -- his or her own vehicle. And in approximately 1,250 cases the aggressive driver used his or her own vehicle and a standard weapon like a gun, knife, or club.