Safety

69-year-old gets 15 years in prison for road rage assault

If convicted, suspect could face up to 40 years in jail

 

A 69-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted on two charges stemming from a road rage incident in 2015.

William Sam Crum was caught on camera swerving his car into a motorcycle that crossed a double line to pass him outside the town of Granbury, causing it to crash and injuring both people on board. A woman riding on the passenger seat had to be taken to the intensive care unit of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, the Star-Telegram reports.

The accident was recorded by the helmet cam of following motorcycle rider, and quickly went viral when posted to the internet. Crum tells the camera operator “I don’t care” that he hit them, and claimed that a bug bite on his leg caused him to swerve.

The jury didn’t buy it, and Crum was convicted on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury. He had been held on $150,000 bail since he was arrested shortly after the accident.