An incident of road rage is being credited with instigating the death of a man in Sussex County on Thursday, April 26th. While many of the details are still being parsed out by the investigating authorities working within Sussex County, we know that the incident began when the drivers of a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and a 2010 Honda Odyssey became embroiled in an exchange at around 2:30 in the morning on Thursday while driving down the northern lanes of Interstate 95. According to the report, the 59-year-old man driving the Jetta maneuvered his car so that it was traveling directly in front of the Odyssey. The Jetta’s driver than began to dramatically slow their car down until both of the cars came to a complete stop.
At this point, the driver of the Jetta exited their vehicle and approached the Odyssey. He then let loose a volley of verbal taunts and arguments, the content of which was not included in the report. The man behind the wheel of the Odyssey reportedly never exited their car during the interaction, but it is not known whether or not they were actively participating in the exchange or if they were refraining from engaging the man from the Odyssey.
Before the two men could resume their travels down the road, a 2014 Freightliner truck came down the road. The driver of this tractor-trailer, not expecting there to be two stopped cars inside of a travel lane on a major interstate, realized too late that they were about to collide with several vehicles. They were able to swerve their truck to prevent a full rear-end collision with the Odyssey, but as they did so the front of their truck struck the driver of the Jetta.
The Jetta’s driver, believed to be a Pennsylvania resident, is thought to have died the instant the truck struck them.
At the time of this writing, the Virginia State Police are still investigating the crash. We do know that they have ruled out alcohol and excessive speed as contributing factors, but it is not clear if any charges are being prepared for either of the surviving drivers involved in the incident.