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Strange road rage incident ends in death of driver

Road rage is always bad. When you are driving around a city like Knoxville or in the country surrounding it, there are more than enough risks to driving. There is no need to increase your risk of a car accident by participating in a road rage incident.

Because you never know the cause of the other driver behavior, it is never a good idea to attempt to play "state trooper" and teach them a lesson, no matter how outrageously they are driving.

In a bizarre chain of events, two separate vehicles and their occupants have reported they were involved in road rage incidents with Rob Bironas shortly before he was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Nashville last week.

The former Tennessee Titan kicker was reported missing to the police by his wife around 11:30 pm Saturday night. At around the same time, a pickup with some students was following a white SUV, and they noticed a burning smell from the exhaust. They pulled alongside the SUV and informed the driver, whom they did not recognize.

According to their statement, he replied that he was going kill everyone in their car. They were taken aback. He repeated his threat and they raced away from him. He followed and they reached speeds of 110 miles per hour before they lost him.

A second vehicle encountered the white SUV when it almost hit them as it merged onto their road. They slowed to allow it to pass, and it pulled up next to them and the driver glared at them. The women reported that her husband got out to confront the driver of the white SUV, but it then raced away at "high rate of speed."

A few minutes later, they came upon the crash scene where Bironas died. His wife reported that he had a beer that night, but was not intoxicated when she last saw him that night.

There are many questions that remain as to what happened that night, but the risks are clear. If someone is driving erratically, if possible call 911, report their behavior and allow law enforcement to deal with them.

The Tennessean, "Students say Rob Bironas chased, threatened them," Jim Wyatt, September 23, 2014

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