A recent case of road rage in a Montgomery County parking lot nearly killed two individuals on November 14, when one man chased them down outside a Bethesda mall.
The incident involved David Goldberg, 24, driving his Mitsubishi sports car, and four passengers riding inside another vehicle. The initial confrontation began when Mr. Goldberg, traveling with his 2-year-old daughter, failed to completely stop at a four-way stop sign outside of the mall. In response, the driver of another vehicle at the intersection honked at Goldberg. According to police accounts, Mr. Goldberg then screamed at the other driver, using fowl language in the process.
After this happened, the two cars continued through the parking lot to the next stop sign. Here, the unnamed male passenger in the second vehicle got out of the car to approach Mr. Goldberg’s Mitsubishi, while the other three passengers in the car continued on to find a parking spot, where they then exited to head into the mall.
At this point, Goldberg drove through the parking lot before returning to the scene. As he sped toward the group of four pedestrians heading into the mall, his car jumped the curb. One eyewitness at the scene stated that Mr. Goldberg appeared to be trying to “run them down.”
Authorities stated that Mr. Goldberg’s car did not hit the pedestrians, but that he did get out of his vehicle and attacked the male passenger from the other car and the car’s female driver as they walked inside. During the attack, Mr. Goldberg stabbed the female driver in her stomach, and he stabbed the man in his upper back, as well as slashed his face and right bicep.
The female victim required emergency surgery and hospitalization for the injuries she sustained.
In a bond hearing held the following day, Goldberg was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of reckless endangerment, among other counts. Mr. Goldberg is currently being held without bond as he awaits upcoming court proceedings.
Our family at Lewis & Tompkins, P.C., would like to extend our thoughts for a full and quick recovery to the two victims involved in this devastating incident.
We also understand the extreme dangers associated with road rage and aggressive driving. In many cases, innocent people are tragically hurt or injured when emotions run high and car accidents occur. Please drive carefully and take your time. Nobody’s life should be put at risk because of another’s impatience or frustration. If you have questions about road rage or parking lot incidents like this one, please call us at 202-296-0666 today.