A suspected road-rage incident between two drivers at Byford, south of Perth, has led to the death of an innocent man.
It is believed two men, one driving a dark blue Great Wall utility and the other in a white utility, had been shouting at each other on Thomas Road just before 2pm.
The 35-year-old driver of the Great Wall then turned south into South Western Highway and minutes later smashed into another car, killing an innocent man in his 50s.
The man who died was driving a Nissan X-Trail SUV.
The West Australian understands the Great Wall driver had been tailgating the white utility on Thomas Road, with witnesses reporting that the Great Wall’s driver was shouting and screaming at the driver of the other car.
Police believe the Great Wall then turned on to the highway and shortly afterwards collided with the Nissan.
Major crash investigators were yesterday marking the gravel shoulder of the southbound lane of the highway where it appeared the Great Wall utility had been travelling before it returned to the road just metres before the scene of the accident.
Nearby residents tried to help the man in the Nissan after his vehicle rolled on its side, but were unable to revive him.
The man in the Great Wall had to be cut free and was taken by the RAC Rescue helicopter to Royal Perth Hospital.
It is understood he has minor injuries.
The 61-year-old driver of the white utility has been interviewed by police.
Forensic police were helping major crash investigators to piece together how the vehicles collided.
Local residents gathered at the accident scene, many bringing children.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said the road was notorious for road-rage incidents, many stemming from inconsiderate and less than courteous driving as the speed zones changed.
He said it was unfortunate that it had taken such an incident to highlight the issue.
“It’s time the public knew how dangerous this road is,” he said
A string of road-rage incidents has sparked debate over what has triggered the spike in anger among WA drivers.
A wild brawl between two groups of men on Tonkin Highway last month shocked passing motorists.and the wider community.
The men used bottles and plastic piping to attack each other after what was believed to be a minor traffic accident.
Just days later, an irate driver placed another man in a head-lock during a post-crash fight on the same stretch of road.
Researchers have pointed to an increased number of cars on Perth roads as a possible cause of road rage, with congestion resulting in increased frustration. It comes amidst increasing violence on Perth streets, with figures revealing WA has the highest rate of hospital admissions for assault in the country.