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CHULA VISTA: Horace Williams Jr Stabbed To Death By Fedex Worker After South Bay Road Rage Incident


Nov 29, 2018

Horace Williams Jr Killed In San Diego Stabbing Involving Road Rage Incident With Fedex Worker At Intersection Near Chula Vista Golf Course

 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (November 28, 2018) A 36-year-old man identified as Horace Williams Jr died after he was stabbed by Fedex worker identified as Rickey Vernon Smith.

Police have charged Rickey Vernon Smith with murder following the death of Horace Williams Jr. The incident began when Horace Williams Jr and Rickey Vernon Smith had some sort of dispute on the road.

Witnesses are saying that the two exchanged angry shouts and gestures. Smith is said to have thrown a soda at the victim’s car and then use his car to ram the victim’s minivan.

Some time after this exchange the Fedex worker drove past the victim and stopped abruptly in front of his minivan. It was at this point that Rickey Vernon Smith allegedly punched Horace Williams Jr in the face and then repeatedly stabbed him.

Horace Williams Jr, who was a father of 5, collapsed on the ground in front of his car from the knife wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died due to his injuries.

The Fedex worker who attacked him is currently awaiting arraignment at the San Diego Central Jail. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family.

How To Stay Safe During Road Rage

Unfortunately, road rage is a real problem in the United States. It has been estimated that nearly 12,000 people are injured in road rage incidents. Another 216 are killed on average. This is deeply unfortunate and should not happen. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of road rage.

  • Don’t use your car to respond to people that bother you on the road. It’s simply not worth it. Honking, gestures and flashing your lights can trigger some people that are otherwise unstable.

  • Engage in defensive driving. Realize that other people make mistakes and take this into account when your are driving. This will help you avoid incidents of road rage.

  • Don’t tailgate anyone or cut them off. It’s best to avoid eye contact with aggressive people and let them go on about their day. If someone is following you, then you should drive towards law enforcement and definitely not towards your house.

  • Under no circumstance should you get out of your car. Your car is your best protection. Lock your doors, roll up your windows and drive away if possible. When you get out of your car you risk being attacked or hit with the other driver’s vehicle.

Driver’s that injure or kill other drivers will typically face civil as well as criminal liability for their actions. If the assailant was an employee for a company, the company that they work for may face civil liability as well. A car accident attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Assaults With Fedex Workers

Companies are generally responsible for the conduct of those employees when they are working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, if a delivery truck driver causes an accident on their route their company could be held responsible for the incident. Generally speaking, employers will not be held liable for an employee’s assault on another person.

However, “an employer may be liable for an employee’s act where the employer either authorized the tortious act or subsequently ratified an originally unauthorized tort. [Citations.] The failure to discharge an employee who has committed misconduct may be evidence of ratification.” Baptist v. Robinson (2006) 143 Cal. App. 4th 151, 169; California Civil Code Section 2339. “The theory of ratification is generally applied where an employer fails to investigate or respond to charges that an employee committed an intentional tort, such as assault or battery. . . A principal may be liable when it ratifies an originally unauthorized tort.” C.R. v. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (2009) 169 Cal. App. 4th 1094, 1110-11.

In short, an employer that knowingly disregards an employee’s violent actions on the job could potentially face civil liability. It’s important to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney if you or someone that you love has been injured due to the intentional acts of a company’s employee. There are strict statute of limitations associated with filing a claim. So, it’s best to act quickly.

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Horace Williams Jr. A good man was taken away from his fiancee and five children. There needs to be justice and accountability for what has happened. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the victim’s family. Eye witnesses should come forward and speak with police officials in San Diego.

If you or someone that you love has been the victim of a road rage incident with a Fedex worker you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims and put our clients first. Whether you need help investigating an incident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Ken Stone. FedEx Man, 60, Faces Possible Murder Charge in Knife Attack on Driver, 36. November 28, 2018.

  2. David Livermore. 30 Tips on Protecting Yourself Against Road Rage. November 28, 2018,

  3. Jason P DePasquale. Measuring road rage: development of the Propensity for Angry Driving Scalecgbc. November 28, 2018.

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