Maybe it’s not road rage, exactly. Parking-lot rage? Whatever it is, it’s something we can all agree is inexcusable.
The victim seen here has been uniformly described in the media as “elderly,” although he doesn’t look that elderly to me. It looks like he’s probably around 60, and as spry as anyone else in later middle age. It would have been just as bad if he’d been 25. He might have reacted more quickly, but I don’t know that he could have evaded the marauding driver.
I’m reminded of a line from the 1980s-era Cosby Show. In the episode, Cosby’s TV son, Theo Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), was learning to drive. As only he could, Bill Cosby opined, from his patriarchal seat in the kitchen, that he didn’t like the idea of his teenage son out there at the wheel of thousands of pounds of metal, “aiming it at people.”
It seemed funny at the time.
Has road rage increased in the last 30 years? Quite honestly, my impression is that it has increased in the last 2 or 3, if perhaps not everywhere.