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Car Crash Road Rage Escalates to Double Deaths

Car Crash Road Rage Escalates to Double Deaths
Two men died after a car crash escalated to a road rage incident in California on Sunday. (Lkeskinen0/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:25 PM

A car crash on Interstate 5 in the Natomas community of Sacramento, California, on Sunday sparked a fatal bout of road rage that ultimately led to a double death, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The two vehicles reportedly collided in the northbound lanes of I-5 around 3:44 a.m. but, rather than stop, the drivers maneuvered their cars further up the freeway near Del Paso Road.

The two men, who were identified as Jason Dykes, 39, of Sacramento and Jose Rodriguez-Carrasco, 37, of Oroville, then got out of their vehicles to fight.

Investigators are still piecing together exactly how the incident transpired but Fox 40 reported that one of the men pulled out a baseball bat and assaulted the other man.

In a police dispatch call, the officer said that a witness claimed to have seen "a guy with a bat chasing another man," The Sacramento Bee reported.

The dispatcher responded, stating that witnesses described a Hispanic man in his 30s "hitting vehicles with a bat or a pipe."

According to the dispatch call, there was a man lying in the roadway, receiving CPR from bystanders.

Authorities confirmed that Dykes was killed in the fight after suffering blunt force trauma and Rodriguez-Carrasco was hit by a passing car while he was walking north on the freeway, The Sacramento Bee said.

The ordeal resulted in all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Sacramento being shut down for at least an hour, according to tweets by the Sacramento Police.

Road rage is on the rise and so are the number of linked fatalities, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune.

In 2015, there were 467 fatal crashes up from 80 in 2006, which marks an increase of almost 500 percent in 10 years.

Additionally, the number of cases of road rage involving a firearm more than doubled in 2016 to 620 from the 247 cases in 2014, with 136 people killed in those three years.

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Two men died after a car crash sparked a road rage incident in the Natomas community of Sacramento, California, on Sunday.
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