Road Rage Leads To Shooting Death
It seems unfathomable that a mistake made in traffic can drive someone to the point of murder. A recent confrontation over one driver cutting off another led to two people being killed in a case of road rage.
NBC Miami reports that on Friday, June 9th at approximately 2:00 p.m. Keith Byrne, 41, was driving a white work pickup truck when he mistakenly cut off the driver of a blue BMW sedan. At the time of the incident, Byrne was on the phone with a friend and told him that he intended to apologize to the other driver at the next traffic light on Flamingo Road near Southwest 8th Street.
Byrne was heard by his friend to attempt to apologize when a passenger in the BMW, Andre Sinclair, 22, got out with a handgun. Byrne’s friend, then heard shots being fired, Byrne, saying in slurred speech that he thought he had been shot, then the phone call got disconnected.
Driving the BMW sedan was Sinclair’s girlfriend who had attempted to stop him from escalating the incident. Sinclair’s girlfriend, who had been driving left the scene along with her infant, who was also in the car at the time of the altercation. Police said in a statement that they were able to make contact with her and concluded that she was not attempting to evade law enforcement officers.
Byrne was pronounced dead at the scene while Sinclair was rushed to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Sinclair later died on Sunday, June 10th.
In a statement to the media on Wednesday, June 12th, Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone said that both men had concealed carry permits at the time of the incident.
“There’s no other words but pointless and silly that two people had to lose their lives over a road rage incident. Even if it was intentional, it’s completely pointless,” Leone said.
Authorities said that if Sinclair had lived, he would have been charged with Bryne’s murder.