Road Rage Leads To Arrest of USF Football Player

Tailgating drivers, endless red lights, congested traffic . . . all drivers experience these things, and everyone has a bad day sometimes. But sometimes, drivers let their irritation and anger get the best of them. When this happens, it can lead to dangerous or even fatal confrontations. Over the weekend, a football player from the University of Florida experienced the consequences of road rage firsthand in an incident that led to his hospitalization, arrest, and suspension from USF’s team.

Tampa Road Rage Incident

The incident happened Saturday night. Hassan Childs, a defensive back for USF, was driving on Skipper Road in Tampa when he encountered another car, driven by Jovanni Jimenez. While attempting to pass Jimenez, Childs was allegedly tailgating, or driving too closely to the vehicle in front of them. Jimenez pulled over to the side of the road to let Childs pass by, but Childs also stopped his car and approached the other vehicle. It’s unknown exactly what was said, or what might have caused the conversation to escalate. However, Jimenez’s wife reports that Childs had a gun when he approached their car, which held the couple and their young child. Nothing happened at this point, though, and both cars got back on the road.

But when Childs continued to display aggressive driving behavior, both cars pulled over again. This time, the confrontation ended with Jimenez shooting Childs three times in the arm and torso. Jimenez then drove home and called 911.

Childs’s injuries are not life-threatening, but recovery is not his only dilemma. He was also arrested in the hospital for assault and possession of marijuana after the drug was found in his car. USF has suspended him indefinitely from any football-related activities. Child’s family believes that he is a victim in the situation, and until more details emerge, it’s not possible to know exactly what happened.

What Is Road Rage?

What we do know, however, is that road rage is incredibly dangerous.  Throughout the United States, aggressive driving plays a role in 66% of traffic fatalities, with 218 deaths and 12,610 occurring over a seven-year period. In recent years, road rage incidents in Florida have left drivers and their passengers dead or severely injured.

Tailgating, like in this new incident, is a common behavior of drivers with road rage. Other characteristics exhibited by angry driver include:

  • Cutting the other driver off
  • Cursing at the other driver or using obscene gestures
  • Honking
  • Flashing their headlights

If another driver is being annoying or aggressive, it’s best to just move safely out of their way and let them pass. As both Childs and Jimenez probably learned this weekend, road rage is not worth the risk.


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