Road Rage Ups Ante in San Diego Car Wreck

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Police are considering whether a high speed collision was an intentional act of road rage—which lawyer Michael Steinger says could have serious criminal consequences.

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The video footage clearly shows Pontarolo pulling up alongside Shakespeare and then swerving into her.

Two vehicles careened off of Interstate 8 together last week in what police are saying may be an act of road rage. If so, the driver at fault could face serious consequences according to Michael Steinger, a San Diego personal injury lawyer with Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.

Stephanie Pontarolo, 33, swerved for unknown reasons in her Tacoma pickup slamming into the side of Kelsey Shakespeare’s car and driving both off the road, according to Fox News 5 (retrieved 05.19.2014). Pontarolo’s pickup flipped over as it went off the shoulder.

Police say they’ve initially classified the wreck as an accidental collision, but video footage may change that. A car driving behind Pontarolo and Shakespeare had its dashboard camera rolling—and seems to show a different story.

“The video footage clearly shows Pontarolo pulling up alongside Shakespeare and then swerving into her,” said Steinger, who works extensively with car accident victims. “It doesn’t prove it was intentional, but it raises serious questions.”

CHP Officer Jake Sanchez confirmed that the women were in some kind of altercation, but didn’t release details.

“There’s nothing on the road to cause her to lose control,” Steinger said, “And she swerves very steeply at the other car. It doesn’t look accidental.”

Steinger says that hitting another vehicle in a moment of road rage is a criminal act.

“A person who causes an accident on purpose can be charged with anything from reckless driving to attempted murder,” he said.

Both women survived with minor injuries.

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get injury victims throughout Florida and California every dollar they truly deserve for their injuries. Since 1997, the firm’s lawyers have successfully handled cases including: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries and catastrophic injuries. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims’ best interests, giving each client insight into Florida and California laws and their rights.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a legal team with more than 30 lawyers and 140 legal professionals. With offices throughout South Florida - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie, Okeechobee, Ft Myers, Orlando and Tampa – and most recently in San Diego, California, the firm is ready to advocate for the best interests of injury victims coast-to-coast Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has recovered more than $500 million for their clients to date and offer the No Fee Guarantee®, which means “you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you.”

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