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A previously convicted serious offender who worked as a food delivery driver for DoorDash was reportedly arrested after threatening another driver with a gun in Victorville, California. The suspect, 27-year-old Marcus Medina, was arrested after 911 received a call about a man wielding a gun. The incident is believed to have been a result of road rage. The caller reportedly told the dispatcher that she and the suspect were nearly involved in a traffic collision.
According to a sheriff news release, “Medina pulled into the parking lot, turned around, and began chasing the victims. Medina wielded a pistol and waved at the victim. The victim fled the area for fear of her safety, but was able to provide law enforcement agencies with a description of Medina’s car.“
Deputies later found Medina’s car, a maroon Ford Sedan, in a local shopping center. Medina was found to be in possession of a Glock pistol. He was successfully arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center, but was later released on bail.
In a terrifying change of events, road rage related shootings are on the rise in the country. Raging motorists are reportedly killing more people with guns than at any point in recent history. And while we tend to associate aggressive driving with tailgating or screaming at other drivers, the majority of traffic deaths associated with road rage are actually caused by a firearm and not an actual driving incident.
A new analysis from advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety showed that the average number of road rage incidents resulting in a motorist-involved shooting increased to an average of 42 dead or injured road users every month in 2020. This is nearly double the monthly average for the four years prior, which was 22 shootings. In short, a U.S. driver shot another person with a gun roughly once every 18 hours in the last 12 months.
Data gathered by SafeMotorist.com determined that 66% of traffic fatalities were directly linked to instances of aggressive driving. However, like in the aforementioned case, 37% of those deaths were caused by a firearm and not an actual driving accident, which proves the point that instances of road rage often end in very tragic circumstances. ABC7 did a deep dive into 2018 California Highway Patrol stats and found that nearly two-thirds of fatal crashes in Southern California were caused by factors associated with road rage. Quoted in the same article, California is the fourth worst state to drive in, coming in 42nd for traffic congestion and 48th for road quality.
Moreover, because Doordash couriers are considered independent workers and not company employees thanks to Prop. 22, the food delivery company has no liability over its workers.