Monday, May 28, 2001

Man's death blamed on road rage

Motorist left vehicle to yell at other driver

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A motorist got out of his car on a busy highway and was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he yelled at a woman who had cut him off, police said.

        David Spriggs, 22, of Columbus stopped his car in a southbound lane of Interstate 71 during Friday afternoon rush hour, starting a six-vehicle accident that also injured five people and closed the road for more than four hours, police said.

        Mr. Spriggs was killed while yelling at Nadine Parkins, who said she couldn't help pulling in front of Mr. Spriggs as she entered the highway.

        “I didn't intentionally try to cut him off, but there were all those construction barrels, and I had no choice,” Ms. Parkins said. “He didn't want to let me in and made all these hand gestures. Then he whipped around in front of us and just slammed on his brakes.”

        Another pickup truck slammed into the rear of Ms. Parkins' car, throwing her husband, George, 45, from the passenger seat.

        He suffered an apparent heart attack and was in serious condition Sunday at Ohio State University Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.


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