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Road rage suspected in Corona street murder

November 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A possible case of road rage ends in a deadly shooting. Two vehicles involved pulled off the 91 Freeway in Corona Tuesday at about 2 a.m., and a fatal shooting followed.Police believe the road-rage incident culminated in a fatal shooting. The shooting happened in the intersection of Lincoln Ave. and Pomona Rd. The victim lost control and his vehicle went through a parking lot, jumped a curb and went into a Best Western hotel. The wall of the hotel was damaged slightly.

The suspect allegedly fled the scene. Police don't have much of a suspect description.

Corona Police shut down Lincoln Ave. at the 91 Freeway for hours Tuesday morning as detectives investigated a deadly shooting possibly sparked by road rage.

The altercation started somewhere on the westbound 91 before Lincoln, at about 2 a.m.

When the victim got off the freeway at Lincoln, and the suspect followed him, the situation got much worse.

The suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim, who was driving a green Jeep Grand Cherokee.

As the suspect fled, the victim lost control, slamming into the side of the hotel.

"When officers arrived on scene they found an SUV-type vehicle that had rolled into a Best Western hotel on Pomona Road. When they made contact with the driver of the vehicle, he was found to be a victim of a gunshot wound, and was treated by the paramedics, but was declared dead at the scene," said Corona Police Sergeant Jon Stofila.

There's only a vague description of the suspect vehicle: a black Ford Expedition with shiny chrome rims.

Detectives interviewed two other people who were in the victim's vehicle. Based on that conversation they believe this was road rage.

And if that is indeed the case, Corona Police remind drivers that in most cases, road rage is preventable.

"If something happens to you and upsets you on the freeway, just take a deep breath and let it go -- don't get involved in a confrontation with somebody," said Stofila. "If somebody keeps driving after you, just get on the phone and call 911, let your local police know, or drive to your local police station, but don't get involved, don't go back and forth with the person."

If you have information related to the case, you're asked to call Corona Police at (951) 736-2334.


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