Who was mostly at fault, here?
Youtuber Racerwong.Shooterwong shared dashcam footage earlier this week showing a Honda Accord crashing on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, flipping on its roof shortly after attempting to pass a Ford Raptor deliberately preventing the Accord from passing.
Watch the mayhem unfold below.
The crash happened right after Exit 4 on the PIP in Closter, New Jersey, just before the New York Border. Here’s the location on Google Maps, link to the map here.
“Somewhere in Palisades Pkwy on my way to CT,” The description reads.
“This Accord nearly sideswipes me, then decides to play chicken with the Raptor almost hitting him. I guess that pisses the Raptor off and that’s when video starts. Backed off some but felt at least some road rage worthy video was coming.”
“Maybe expecting a sideswipe but didn’t expect him to smash into a mountain! Afterwards, I saw a speed trap on Waze, so hastily made my way to him. Gave him my info and he took off. “
As Wong mentions, even before the video begins, this Honda Acord driver was driving recklessly, almost hitting other cars and clearly driving well above the speed limit.
The Ford Raptor driver most likely saw this play out in his rearview mirror and, like a lot of drivers who want to play judge, jury, and, executioner, took justice into his own hands.
The Ford Raptor driver paces another car in the other lane, effectively boxing out the Accord driver from passing. When he sees the Accord driver swing wide, using the service road to attempt his overtake, he guns it.
Few cars can overtake an accelerating Raptor.
And, when the Accord attempts a lane split, acting like he’ll hit the Ford Raptor, the Raptor driver merely scoots left, avoiding any contact.
The Accord driver feints a collision, overcorrects, and loses control.
“I spoke to police, the driver is “ok”,” Wong adds.
“Don’t know the extent of injuries, but he isn’t dead.”
Although the Accord driver takes the brunt of the blame here, the Ford Raptor driver is not without fault.
“In New Jersey, it is against the law to stay in the left lane unless you are passing another vehicle when the road is divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic.” – NJSA 39:4-88a
It’s not our job to dole out justice, it’s for the police.