Driver in truck crash to undergo anger management
While many anger management cases may arise during conflicts at home or in the workplace, they can also happen on the road as well. This is particularly dangerous, as road rage tendencies not only affect the angry driver, but also put everyone in the other vehicles at risk. A 45-year-old Gloucester, Massachusetts, man will have to take anger management classes after pleading guilty to a temper-fueled truck crash.
Local publication The Gloucester Times reports that, last October, Michael Rich swerved his truck into the lane of another vehicle passing him in the opposite direction, then made a U-turn so that he could stalk the car as it moved up the road. When the other car stopped to let another vehicle leaving a grocery store parking lot make a turn onto the roadway, Rich rear-ended the car with his truck. He then exited his vehicle and tried to punch the other driver through his front window before finally leaving the scene.
Rich was charged with reckless driving, unlicensed driving, assault and leaving the scene of property damage. It is unknown why Rich was so angry with the other driver.
On July 19, after submitting a guilty plea to these charges in court, Judge Joseph Jennings placed Rich on year-long probation, which will include anger management counseling and driving classes. If the Gloucester native breaks the terms of his probation, he is liable to serve up to 90 days in jail.
It’s a minor miracle that nothing worse stemmed from this incident, as angry driving all too often leads to accidents, injuries and even deaths. Don’t let your temper get the better of you, and potentially put yourself and others in serious harm. Enroll in the online anger management classes of Conflict Coaching & Consulting for a successful method of addressing and resolving anger issues.