Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Piedmont, NC
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Guy's motorcycle was apparently not even registered. Ticketed for reckless driving and no registration.
In the video you can see his gesturing; but apparently when the driver didn't react, he clearly punched the man's window against his testimony, which was followed swiftly by the driver ramming him off the road.
While neither one of their actions are justified, I actually have to blame the motorcyclist. Nothing the motorcyclist did was justifying the use of deadly force; but even if what he said was true (driver throwing something at him), it's easy to memorize a plate while you're behind them instead of chasing them and provoking them, particularly when you have no evidence to convict them. Then, aggravatingly punching their car to try to get them to pull over (for whatever reason you'd want a confrontation), when you have a wife/son at home is just being plain dumb.
Having patience and knowing people will do stupid things is something you should learn quickly on the road, particularly on a motorcycle. It's never worth your life to say "I was right", especially when you have a family. I was shocked to read that his son was "all he was thinking about". All he was thinking about at the moment was testosterone fueled rage.
Tis better to be thought a fool and remain silent, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.