Road rage leads to beating of disabled man
The traffic situation on Interstate 15 may have led to a vicious case of road rage Thursday when a Hesperia man attacked a disabled motorists with an ax handle in a beating witnessed by a deputy, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Melvino Vansickle, 43, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after he became involved in a near collision with the victims, according to Officer Joaquin Zubieta.
At about 2 p.m., Vansickle was driving south on I-15 near Oak Hill Road. Due to the heavy traffic caused by freeway repairs, Vansickle began to drive on the right shoulder to pass slower moving traffic, according to officials.
When Vansickle came upon a disabled vehicle on the shoulder he quickly merged into traffic nearly striking the 49-year-old victim’s vehicle, Zubieta stated.
Vansickle stopped his pickup truck in traffic when he saw the victim make protesting gestures, authorities said. Vansickle then exited his vehicle and threatened to punch the disabled man in the face. Fearing for his safety, the victim grabbed his cane from the back seat and also exited his vehicle.
Vansickle then grabbed a taped-off ax handle from his truck and began beating the victim, all of which was witnessed by a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy, Zubieta said.
The deputy took action, subdued Vansickle and called for help.
Vansickle was booked into Victor Valley Jail.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and later released.
Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.