Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Road Rage Leads to Murder in Las Vegas

According to Fox 5 News, Metro Police are investigating a shooting in the northwest part of Las Vegas that left one man dead. The Las Vegas Metro Police report that the shooting occurred around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, across from a Santa Fe Station Casino located on Lone Mountain Road. Witnesses saw a man lying on the ground and called the authorities. When the officers arrived at the scene, the 23-year-old man had already died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives have learned that apparent road rage led to the violent dispute while the victim and another driver traveled down Lone Mountain Road. Witness testimony states that the other driver fired multiple times at the victim’s vehicle, fatally striking him, before speeding away. Police are currently searching for the suspect, who was driving a dark-colored vehicle that possibly has damage to the rear taillight.  

While people may joke about road rage and aggressive driving, these offenses are actually punishable by the Nevada DMV, and can even lead to criminal charges. According to the DMV, if a driver speeds, creates an immediate hazard, runs a red light, or tailgates over the course of one mile, then he can be prosecuted for aggressive driving independently of any other offenses. 

Minimum penalties for aggressive driving include a $250 fine, mandatory traffic school, and possible license suspension.  In some cases, such as in this tragic incident, road rage can lead to serious criminal charges, such as assault, battery, or weapons offenses.

If you have been charged with aggressive driving or a related criminal offense, don’t wait to retain the representation of an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. Our knowledgeable lawyers can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf before the courts. Call De Castroverde Law Group today or read our Traffic Tickets page for more information.