Dad GABRIEL POVENTUD has been charged with child endangerment, attempted homicide, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle, and reckless use of a firearm. This freaking idiot went into some sort of "road rage" trance, and pulled out a gun, and started shooting during afternoon rush hour. The fact that his 2-year-old daughter was in the vehicle didn't seem to slow him down at all.
Father of toddler opens fire on I-95, police say
March 24, 2010 - 9:41am
DALE CITY, Va. -- A road rage incident on Interstate 95 escalated to the point that police say the driver of a Jaguar -- who had his 2-year-old daughter in the car -- pulled out a gun and started shooting during the height of Tuesday afternoon's rush hour.
Police say Gabriel Poventud, 25, of Woodbridge, is charged with child endangerment, attempted homicide, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting a missile into an occupied vehicle and reckless use of a firearm.
Poventud, the driver of the 2004 Jaguar, fired 13 rounds, police say.
This happened after the driver of a 2007 Ford F550 dump truck tried to merge into the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 from Route 123, shortly after 4 p.m., police say.
Police say the drivers then "began engaging with one another in an aggressive manner."
The dump truck struck the Jaguar twice.
Both vehicles ended up on the left shoulder of the highway, pinned against the Jersey wall.
That's when Poventud got out of his car and started firing at the truck, police say.
The dump truck pulled away into traffic, but was struck by at least four of the 13 rounds. Truck driver James Bringham, 44, of Woodbridge, was not hurt by the gunfire.
As Poventud followed Bringham on the right shoulder, a trooper stopped both drivers.
Virginia State Police charged Bringham with reckless driving.
Police say they have no reports of other drivers or vehicles being struck by the gunfire.
Police say drivers should avoid engaging with aggressive drivers.
The Smooth Operator Program offers these tips:
Steer clear of aggressive drivers and get out of their way;
Don't challenge aggressive drivers. Avoid eye contact. Don't make rude gestures;
Give drivers the benefit of the doubt. Not all aggressive driving behavior is intentional;
Move to the right, if you are driving slower than the rest of traffic and don't block the passing lane;
Dial #77 on a cell phone to report aggressive drivers.