The family of an Indiana woman who died when an irate driver
forced her into oncoming traffic is pressing lawmakers in the state for a
Devona Blanton, Regina King and Laura Adams of Montgomery
County, IN, hope to have the bill – called Lindsay’s law in memory of their
17-year-old sister Lindsay Thompson – passed by legislators in the session that
begins in January.
According to the Crawfordsville Journal Review,
Lindsay was driving on Indianapolis’ outer loop March 21 when she angered
another driver by changing lanes. Benton Barber of Indianapolis allegedly
entered Lindsay’s lane and swerved at her. He made an obscene gesture and got
in front of her car and braked, the newspaper reported.
Lindsay changed lanes to avoid him and he allegedly swerved
at her again. She lost control of her car, crossed the median and ran head-on
into a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer.
Lindsay and her 15-year-old male passenger died at the
scene. The pickup driver suffered a broken leg.
Barber’s vehicle, however, never touched Lindsay’s Pontiac
“What happened to Lindsay, there’s no way to prosecute it,”
said Jennifer Wagoner, spokesman for the Governor’s Council on Impaired and
Officials estimate that aggressive drivers caused nearly
7,000 crashes last year on Indiana roads, Wagoner said. But Indiana doesn’t
have a road-rage law.
Since the crash, Lindsay’s sisters have been working on a
bill that would define road rage and set criminal penalties for it. State Rep.
Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, plans to introduce the bill next year if he is
re-elected in November.
The road-rage bill would allow judges to order aggressive
drivers into counseling.