Wichitans reflect on driving, safety after road rage incident


It took just a matter of minutes for a road rage incident to escalate to the point where a young child got shot.

Wichitans are having a hard time wrapping their heads around what happened.

“That is just ridiculous,” Kathryn King. “That should never happen.”

“Terrible,” adds Jason Fritts.

“I was really mad about it,” says Abigail Childers, who is visiting family in Wichita this week. “Why would someone do that? Road rage is literally just yelling and honking. You don’t need to pull a gun out on somebody.”

Mad about a four year old being shot.

“I think of people not being able to control their tempers,” says King.

Police arrested Tylin Atkinson and Ramonyka Smith who are suspected of shooting a four year old child over a road rage incident.

“I think of somebody who gets angry really easily but I never think of someone using a gun utilized at first,” says Fritts.

That’s what people say is your typical road rage scenario.

“You don’t hear people getting shot over road rage,” says Jacinda Van Hoose.

Or it is at least what they did think before Wednesday.

“Honestly, with the way the world is lately you never know what is possible anymore,” says Van Hoose.

Fritts adds, “It is a reality that people have to get used to now with the way the laws are written, with people being allowed to use guns Willie Nilly.”

As a result people with children are beginning to reevaluate their habits on the road and how they drive.

“You just never know what you are getting into and people have to get used to that,” says Fritts.

King says, “I am probably not as patient as I should be so it will probably make me want to be careful.”

Some say if they encounter someone with road rage, they will slow down and let them pass.

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