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Jozi biker killed in road-rage attack

2014-02-14 12:59

TAKE THAT AND THAT! In 2013 Wheels24 reported that a Range Rover driver drove through a gang of bikers in an attempt to protect his family in a road rage incident in New York. Image: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A man was shot dead and another wounded in an apparent road rage confrontation in Randburg on Friday morning (Feb 14), Johannesburg metro police said.

In December 2013 transport minister Dipuo Peters had urged drivers to obey the rules of the road during the festive season as several road deaths were reported in South Africa. Yet, these violent crimes continue.

VIOLENT CONFRONTATION

According to police spokesman Katlego Mogale, the motorcyclist confronted the driver with a gun following an argument. The driver, who was also armed, shot and killed the rider.

Metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said the driver of the car had sustained a head injury though paramedics reported it was not caused by a bullet.

The driver of the car alleged that the rider blocked his path and confronted him at gunpoint. The incident occurred at on Malibongwe Drive just after Witkoppen Road.

Mamonyane said: "The motorcyclist was killed on Malibongwe Drive and Boundary Road just after 7am. He died on the scene."

The wounded 44-year-old driver of the car was treated on the scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital under police guard, said Mamonyane.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the driver was in a serious condition.

Police recovered firearms from both men for ballistic testing, said Mogale. Police have opened a murder docket.

GLOBAL ROAD RAGE

Earlier in 2013, Wheels24  reported on several videos posted on YouTube showing a group of bikers chasing a black Range Rover Sport. It was alleged that the driver in the vehicle had run over several bikers in an attempt to escape and protect his family from the gang.

Road rage isn't limited to the open road. Wheels24 also reported on a man in China who killed a two-year-old girl by throwing her to the ground after the girl's mother refused to make way for him to park his car.

Even the elderly are affected. Two men in the sixties literally fought to the death on August 3 2013), apparently over the right to a "disabled parking" slot.

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