If you are a driver, then there is a good chance you’ve experienced a bout of road rage at one time or another. It often happens as a result of someone cutting you off unexpectedly or when someone makes a poor driving decision as a result of being distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings.
Whatever the case, fights amongst drivers is more common than it should be and it proves that there is a whole lot of anger in this world.
After 26-year-old Mikaela Barboza cut off a woman while driving on US route 441 in Florida, she was beaten in a parking lot moments later. Evidently, after Barboza cut one of the women off, the sister of the women happened to be in another vehicle and the two ganged up on her. Barboza was scared for her life so she pulled over into a nearby parking lot, but the women followed and blocked her into the spot.
It started out with Barboza filming the other two women as they approached her with baseball bats. At first, she is yelling that she is not scared as the first woman approaches her, and then a second woman armed with a baseball bat approaches from the other side of the parking lot. They immediately start beating her with the bat. Prior to the beating, Barboza can be heard telling them that she has a child in the car, but they obviously don’t care, as they aggressively take her out with the bat. While it’s hard to make out the rest of the exchange, the two suspects can be heard accusing Barboza of “talking about black people.”
“We were kind of wrestling and the other sister with the other bat came over and started beating me over the head,” Barboza said.
Evidently, Barboza had another passenger in the car who managed to film the entire event, capturing the brutal beating inflicted by the other two female drivers, which ended in Barboza having a broken nose and seven staples and stitches in her head.
Following the incident, Barboza took it to social media and posted the video of herself being beaten alongside the following caption…
“This was because I cut them off. Then they made it about race after they beat me with two bats. Anybody who knows me KNOWS I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
Probably the saddest part of the entire incident is the fact that you can hear Barboza’s young child crying and screaming in the car as the women are beating her. And there is a young boy that can be seen in the suspect’s vehicle, watching on as his mother is beating another woman. This is a clear cut reason why violence causes a rippling effect in society and wrecks havoc on families. The little boy in the car is going to be marked by this incident and there is a good chance that he too will use physical violence as a way of “solving problems.”