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Road rage caught on victim's dash cam in Los Angeles

June 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A reckless act of road rage on a Southern California freeway was caught on video by a victim's dash cam.

This latest incident happened at the connector for the 10 and 110 freeway. The driver, Austin Ho, said his dad recently installed a dash cam in his car after a trip to Taiwan and the camera was rolling during the whole incident.

A driver got out of his car several times in the middle of the freeway, yelling towards Ho's car. Earlier, he threw a can at the victim's car.

"His car kept coming back and blocking me," said Ho.

Ho said the man screamed out obscenities and made fun of his Asian heritage, but Ho never got out of his car.

"My friends were saying if they were in that situation, they would have beat the guy up. But in all honesty, for me, I just wanted to get out of there. I didn't want the trouble from this guy at all," said Ho.

There have been several recent cases of road rage in Southern California that were caught on camera.

Richard Brun did get out of his car recently on the 405 Freeway after a driver allegedly threw things at him. Brun said, looking back, he wishes he just kept driving.

In another incident, two men dressed in business attire got out of their cars and fought in Van Nuys. One man involved in that brawl told Eyewitness News he also wishes he never left his driver seat.

The same is true of Jerry Patterson, who got into a brawl last year that left him unconscious on the freeway.

The most recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation attributes more than 1,000 deaths to road rage.

Dr. Ryan Fuller, a pyschologist, says if you're ever in that situation, don't make eye contact and stay in the vehicle.

"The best thing they can do is stay in the vehicle under any circumstances," said Fuller.

Meantime, the California Highway Patrol is investigating Ho's incident. His Prius was slightly damaged, but because he stayed in it, he's injury-free. Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact the CHP.

"We want to advocate to the people that stay calm and be a good witness, and first and foremost, call 911 and report the incident," said Officer Jose Barrios with the CHP.

The Department of Transportation said the number of road rage deaths is up 170 percent.

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