It started like any other carpool ride to work for Chris Traber, but the regularity of the commute didn’t last long. Within minutes, an altercation on the freeway led to two wrecked cars, one injured motorist and a very confusing call by the California Highway Patrol.
He Was Just Headed to Work
Chris Traber of Santa Clarita, California was in the passenger seat of a coworker’s car driving southbound on the 14 Freeway. Ahead of them, a Nissan sedan pulled carelessly out of the carpool lane and bumped a man on his motorcycle. Once the motorcyclist regained control of his bike, he pulled to the right side of the sedan, gesturing at the driver. Traber then says that words were exchanged between the two. He then says that the verbal exchange turned physical when the motorcyclist began kicking the passenger door of the sedan as the two continued down the highway. At this point, Traber pulled out his phone and started filming.
Things Get Real Between Car and Motorcycle
The motorcycle then swept behind the sedan and pulled up on the driver side and kicked the car on that side. The driver of the sedan responded by swerving into the motorcycle, attempting to drive him into the concrete barrier. Instead, the sedan lost control, struck the barrier and ricocheted across two lanes of traffic. The sedan then collided with a pickup, causing it to overturn. In the seconds during which all of this occurred, the motorcyclist deftly avoided the debris strewn by the accident and motored away.
Traber then stopped filming, and he and his coworker stopped at the scene to render aid. Other good Samaritans at the scene pulled the elderly driver of the pickup out of his vehicle and helped him to safety. Traber said that the driver of the sedan was profusely apologetic to the injured driver. The driver of the pickup was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries according to the California Highway Patrol.
Speaking of the Highway Patrol
The CHP is currently investigating the incident and that, at present, has not issued a citation to the driver of the sedan. Investigators with the CHP have indicated their need to interview the motorcyclist before making any decision on how to proceed. The incident is now being classified as a hit and run.
While there is no question that the video Traber shot will aid in the investigation, he says he has no idea how it ended up online. He states that he only sent it to a few friends and coworkers. His only intention was to illustrate to them how dangerous the roadway can be when motorists allow their emotions to get out of control.