Fatal Road Rage Crash Over Lost Cell Phone or Bootleg Porn? - The Atlanta DUI News Blog

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Fatal Road Rage Crash Over Lost Cell Phone or Bootleg Porn?

A dispute at an Exxon gas station culminated with a taxi driver being run off the road and killed last week. Laronda C. Robinson was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide for the alleged road rage incident that left taxi driver Karl Green dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The dispute itself was either over a cell phone Robinson believed she left in Green's taxi or bootleg pornographic DVDs Robinson was reportedly selling out of her trunk. Authorities aren't sure which.

Laronda C. Robinson, who also goes by "Sugarmomma," and Karl Green had apparently met before. Last Monday night they ran into each other at an Exxon gas station on Old National Highway in College Park. According to witnesses, Robinson may have confronted Green about a cell phone she left in his taxi at a prior date, claiming he had stolen it.

However, others say that the dispute was over bootleg DVDs Robinson was trying to sell to Green. Whatever the case, Robinson allegedly threatened Green with bodily harm.

When Green took off in his taxi, Robinson followed in hot pursuit and chased him onto Interstate 85. Robinson reportedly drove around and in front of Green at speeds up to 70 mph, causing him to run into her vehicle. Green tried to escape by taking the exit ramp at Riverdale Road, but lost control and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead soon after.

On Wednesday, Robinson was arrested at her home just outside southwest Atlanta. The incident serves as a reminder that vehicular homicide charges don't only arise in cases of drunk driving. Drivers can be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in a number of situations in which a person is killed, including failure to stop, DUI, fleeing from police, and reckless driving.

In general, reckless driving means the driver should've known his or her actions were likely to cause injury to another person. In other words, the driver's behavior was far from how a reasonable person would behave in the situation.

Running down another car because of a disputed transaction or a lost cell phone is not acceptable behavior in any situation. If convicted of first-degree vehicular homicide, Robinson could spend anywhere from 3 to 15 years in jail.

Police also allegedly found a cache of pirated DVDs at Laronda C. Robinson's home. As a result, Robinson was charged with reproduction of recorded material and distribution of obscene material as well.

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