The California Highway Patrol said on Monday it could start collecting or tracking information about road rage after it came to light, following the murder of a 6-year-old boy on the Costa Mesa highway in May, that the agency did not keep readily available data on when, where and how often incidents of road rage were reported.
“Although there is no actual vehicle code designation for ‘road rage’ for statistical collection purposes, the CHP is looking for options to better track road rage incidents received by our centers. statewide communication, ”wrote Fran Clader, CHP communications director in response to a request. from NBC LA.
The CHP and the Orange County District Attorney this week asked the public to call or email with information about any unreported confrontation involving a couple now indicted in connection with the murder of Aiden Leos, who was shot while driving in the back seat of his mother’s car on Highway 55.
“We want to be aware of these kinds of incidents,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Monday. “They could be very relevant to our investigation, both to help us understand what happened on May 21, the day Aiden Leos lost his life, as well as what they were doing after the event. “
Spitzer said he would support legislation to make road rage a specifically defined crime in California, or at a minimum, requiring law enforcement to track crimes with a road rage component.
The I-Team reported on June 7 that the California Highway Patrol did not keep records of road rage reports made during 9-1-1 calls or crime reports, explaining that its computer system could only be searched by specific vehicle or penal code sections.
“There is no piece of data that would explain road rage,” said a spokesperson for CHP at headquarters in Sacramento late last month.
The man accused of firing the shot that killed Aiden Leos, Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, was sentenced on Friday to remain in jail without bail.
Wynne Lee, 23, who is accused of aiding and abetting the shooting that killed Aiden, remains jailed on $ 500,000 bail, though she was ordered to return to court next Friday for another bail hearing.
Aiden was shot on May 21. During the week of May 24-28, Eriz and Lee had another “altercation on the freeway,” prosecutors said.
An investigation into the LAPD Crime Reports Database quickly revealed the past few years of reports of road rage crimes, including assaults, threats, vandalism and shootings. Eric Leonard reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 7, 2021.
“As Wynne Lee drove eastbound on 91 on his way to work with Accused Eriz as the front passenger, a driver in a blue Tesla did something to anger Accused Eriz, acting aggressively.” , prosecutors said.
“The accused Eriz again drew his gun and held it up at the driver of the Tesla. This driver told the defendants that he had called the police, then he drove away.
A colleague of Eriz told him on May 28 that it appeared their car was the suspect vehicle wanted by police, prosecutors said.
The Orange County Attorney’s Office is asking anyone who has had interactions with a white 2018 or 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen on Highway 55 in Orange County or Highway 91 in Orange and County Counties. Riverside involving gunshots or a wielding gun to come forward.
The incidents reportedly occurred between December 2020 and June 2021.
The prosecutor’s office has set up a dedicated tip hotline at 714-834-7000. Information on suspects and previous incidents of gun branding can also be emailed to [email protected]