In Albuquerque, New Mexico, 4-year-old Lily Garcia lost her life after being shot in a road rage incident. The girl was traveling down the interstate with her father and 7-year-old brother. Both kids were sitting in the backseat of her family’s red pick-up. That’s when her father got into an altercation with another driver. One car apparently cut off the other, and the other returned the favor. That started an ongoing feud that lasted around 2 minutes. The incident ended when the driver of the other car opened fire on the truck. At least one bullet struck Lilly. Her brother was able to escape injury. The father stopped in the middle of the road and called for help, but it was too late to save her.
This isn’t the first child to die from a bullet fired in a road rage incident, and she won’t be the last. While the shooter is entirely culpable for what he did, let’s not forget that this tragic death would have never happened had her father not decided to return insult with insult. The next time you are tempted to loose your temper on the road, remember this story. No perceived insult is worth a dead child.