Road-rage incident end with death of one man

CARLSBAD (KUSI) — The Northbound Interstate-5 was temporarily closed early Wednesday when a road-rage incident ended with the death of one man.

The 52-year-old-man, who got out of his car to argue with a driver who rear-ended him, was subsequently struck by a third and fourth vehicle leading to his death.

The argument began when a car rear-ended the victim who was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix near Palomar Airport Road, according to California Highway Patrol officer Jim Bettencourt. The Grand Prix skid and hit the center divider. The second man, driving a Chevy SUV pulled over to the shoulder. The first driver got out of his car and ran across the freeway to confront the second driver, the officer said.

After the confrontation, the first driver ran back towards the wreckage of his car and was struck by a Toyota Corolla. The man was thrown into the roadway and hit by a fourth vehicle, a Honda Civic.

The victim’s name was not released but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Bettencourt said. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was taken to the hospital to be treated for hand injuries. 

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