Dashcam Footage Clears Man Wanted In Fatal Road Rage Crash

Dashcams have brought us all sorts of crazy and bizarre videos, but they recently gave one Florida man the best gift of all – his freedom.

According to local ABC affiliate WFTV, 58-year-old Jeffrey Brookshire was killed earlier this month when he swerved into the westbound lanes of State Road 528 and crashed into an SUV. At the time, witnesses told Florida State Troopers that Brookshire was involved in a road rage incident and was hit by the driver he was arguing with. Witnesses said this collision caused Brookshire to lose control of his Mustang and hit the SUV.

Troopers began searching for the mysterious red car and were told by witnesses that it had an “Endless Summer” license plate and a “Hammock Hippy” sticker on the back. While initial reports suggested the model was a Dodge Charger, the owner turned out to be the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu.

The owner of the Malibu wasn’t identified, but his attorney – Victor Mead – gave investigators dashcam video of the incident. It showed the two drivers repeatedly passing one another before Brookshire apparently brake checked the driver of the Malibu.

While the video appears to confirm the two drivers were involved in a road rage incident, it contradicted witnesses who claimed the Malibu caused the accident. Instead, the footage appears to show Brookshire attempting to cut off the Malibu. However, he loses control and crosses the median before being hit by the SUV. After reviewing the video, troopers determined the Malibu driver wasn’t at fault and cleared him of involvement in the crash.

Besides the dashcam footage, the Malibu owner took pictures of his accident-free car as soon as he learned police were looking for him. This helped to contradict witnesses who said the model suffered front-end damage from the accident that never happened.

While it’s good news that the dashcam footage was able to clear the driver of the Malibu, a man still died over a petty traffic argument.

  • (⌐■_■)

    in terms of hardware… prob could have been avoided if the mustang was a FWD or has real AWD.

    drive safely and wisely.

    • Six_Tymes

      what is “real AWD? as opposed to fake?

      • Puddingpopper

        not FWD biased AWD?

      • (⌐■_■)

        real AWD moves other wheels as soon as a slip is detected…
        fake AWD – nothing happens at all.

        real AWD – BMW, sabru, mazda.
        fakeAWD – Honda cr-v, Toyota rav4
        forgot about the other brands since I wasn’t shopping for them.
        check out some AWD on roller videos on youtube and you will know.

        • KenjiK

          Actually, i think “real” AWD moves their 4 wheels ALL the time.
          “Fake” AWD only moves their dront wheels when they start losing traction.

    • Vassilis

      I think it’s more of a rear suspension issue rather than RWD. All cars suffer lift-off oversteer. Well-set-up ones handle it better.

      • DMax

        I think it’s down to shitty tires. So many people buy the cheapest crap they can get with 0 grip.

  • Mr. EP9

    Glad to see someone was able to clear their name. It’s a shame that this tragedy happened. This could have been avoided if people kept their cool.

    • BlackPegasus

      This comments is of course anecdotal but I believe most people with dashcams are not the aggressors in these road rage incidents.

      • Mr. EP9

        Yeah, I know. It’s just that he was accused of causing the accident by eye witnesses and the dash cam proved his innocence.

  • Six_Tymes

    sad. some idiots can make people so mad that this happens. looks to me like dash cam driver probably incited it, then just sat back and had fun recording after he infuriated the mustang driver.

    • brn

      How are you able to make the presumption that the Malibu driver incited it?

  • brn

    An analysis of the damage on both vehicles would have also cleared him.

    • Randy Terpstra

      Agreed. Although it would’ve been difficult to ascertain on the Mustang (given the type of impact with the SUV), any evidence of contact would’ve been visible on the Malibu.

      • brn

        Even if they didn’t get to examine the Malibu, they’d match the paint to the SUV.

    • D-splash

      yup, it just goes to show how unreliable eyewitnesses can be, regardless of how confident the witness is.

  • BlackPegasus

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m gonna kiss my dashcam just to show my appreciation when I get inside my vehicle today. 😧

  • LJ

    When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.

  • ace_9

    The man did not die because of petty traffic argument. He died because of his stupidity. Which is not that unusual and there are even post-morten Darwin prices for such people. And I like how this case is even enhanced by the stupidity of other people. They don’t know what happened, but they scream “burn the witch” anyway…

  • Knotmyrealname

    Snuff videos. Didn’t need to see that.

    BTW though, has the Malibu driver allowed his vehicle to be checked?

  • Vassilis

    Is the SUV driver OK? So unlucky to be involved in the accident.

  • Blanka Li

    Eyewitness testimony is absolutely worthless.

  • Infinite1

    Witnesses are unreliable at best. I’m glad that the guy was able to clear himself, dash cams are essential nowadays. It’s a shame that people have so much road rage nowadays. Everyone’s in a hurry to go everywhere and think that they’re king of the road just to have something like this happen.

  • FlameWater

    The mustang driver must have been going to a car meet.

  • Klarn Mxyzptlk

    Self-culling is the name of this game.

  • Brent Morrison

    That’s why you don’t get into an argument in a Mustang. You might just run over yourself.

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