A deadly shooting along Interstate 81 in Franklin County last weekend was the second road rage incident in the past three months that made national news.

Last Sept. 29, a motorcycle mob attacked Alexian Lien, who was celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, in New York City when some bikers felt his SUV cut them off. They first tried to pull Lien from his SUV but he sped off, running over a biker in the process of escaping.

The enraged group chased the car and caught up when he got boxed in traffic. Incredibly, it was an undercover NYPD detective who prosecutors say was an "active participant" in the attack, punching through a window and kicking a door in front of the driver's horrified wife and 2-year-old daughter.

The detective, Wojciech Braszczok, was suspended and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on gang assault.

The shooting along Interstate 81 earlier this week was just as horrifying. The victim, Timothy Davison, 28, was traveling to his home in Maine after spending the holidays with his family in Florida when he called 911 to report he was being tailgated. Police say he lost contact with a Maryland 911 dispatcher as he crossed into Pennsylvania, then called back to say he was being shot at.

He was found dead inside his SUV, having been hit by several bullets. State police called the shooting a "calculated" act that has the potential of being repeated.

About six years ago I experienced my own unsettling experience while traveling on I-75 in the Miami area. I was a passenger in a car that had just entered the interstate from an on-ramp when the driver of a pickup truck, apparently feeling he was cut off or that we were too slow in entering the traffic flow, raced up from behind.

He rode our bumper before entering the lane on our left flank and remained there, slowing and speeding up when we did. He remained for about a mile before speeding off. Although this incident didn't escalate into violence, it was intimidating.

Judging from the recent cases we've seen in the news, the term "road rage" has taken on a more ominous and deadly meaning.

By Jim Zbick

editor@tnonline.com