Road rage: Pregnant woman says she went off the road

SAN DIEGO — A pregnant woman says she is shaken but unharmed after a traffic incident led to her crashing into a tree in the Mission Bay area Thursday morning.

The woman, who asked only to be identified by her first name Amari, told OnScene TV she was on the freeway when an angry driver came up behind her.

“I was going to go to work, but since he was driving so erratically – he honked his horn at me like he was blowing his horn, his lights on me and everything, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to go to work, because I don’t know what this guy is up to. Will he follow me to work and stalk me, messing around with my car?’” Amari said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what preceded the man stalking her.

Amari told OnScene she went off the freeway and tried to lose the other driver, but then lost control and crashed into a tree on East Mission Bay Drive.

“The guy just stopped and said, ‘Oh, you get that’ … and then just sped off,” she said, adding that the other driver used an expletive.

Amari’s story is one of several recent clashes on San Diego County roads and highways.

A day earlier, two men got out of their cars at an intersection in Chula Vista and began fighting, which eventually escalated into a shootout. FOX 5 received video of this brawl from another driver who was caught off guard by the violence in broad daylight.

Last week in Mission Valley, a man was wounded on Interstate 8 when a dark-colored Volkswagen Beetle pulled up and someone started shooting at his Jeep. The victim drove to a parking lot and ran into a target to get help.

The violence has prompted a California Highway Patrol alert.

“You never know what that person is going through, their state of mind,” CHP officer Sal Castro told FOX 5. “You don’t know if they have a gun in the car.”

Authorities say that to stay safe you should do everything you can to avoid hiring another driver.

“If you ever feel like you are in this situation, drive to a safe place and call 911 immediately. Try to get a description of the vehicle, a description of the person driving, a license plate — that would help us a lot,” Castro said.

Authorities say another way to keep things under control on the road is to avoid distracted driving.

“While driving while distracted – you almost accidentally hit someone, they get angry and then a war of words starts. Then we come to the situation we’ve been in for the past few days,” he told FOX 5.

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/road-rage-pregnant-woman-says-she-got-run-off-the-road/ Road rage: Pregnant woman says she went off the road

Sarah Y. Kim

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