Florida man mistakenly shoots himself during road rage incident

By David Edwards
Monday, January 20, 2014 16:13 EDT
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A Florida man is under investigation after he told Orlando police that he accidentally shot himself during a road rage incident on Monday.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the man said he had been driving toward Orlando on Interstate-4 when another driver allegedly flashed a weapon after the two had some type of altercation.

To protect himself, the man brandished his own handgun, causing it to discharge into his leg.

The man was expected to recover from the wound after being treated at a local hospital. Because of some confusion about where the shooting occurred, the case was handed over to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and then to Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises motorists to move out of the way of aggressive drivers, avoid eye contact and not to return offensive hand gestures. In 1997, the department found that 13,000 people were injured or killed in the U.S. over a seven year period due to aggressive driving.

At least 13 injuries in the Orlando area last year were linked to road rage.

[Photo credit: Road Rage via Shutterstock.com]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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