Anna Alger, a 30-year-old mother of one, was shot multiple times and killed on Wednesday. Thirty-year-old Matthew Webster, a man she did not know, is being charged with second-degree murder for her death. The incidents that led Webster to allegedly gun down Alger are shocking and sad.
Webster, reported police, was driving home from having ended an extramarital affair at his wife's insistence. His wife was allegedly following him in a separate car to make sure he went through with the breakup. What his wife didn't know? He was driving with his loaded gun, intending to take his own life. Then an already tense situation got even uglier.
Webster ran a red light, nearly causing a massive collision with Anna Alger. When both drivers pulled over to assess the situation, Webster is alleged to have pulled his loaded gun on Alger, shooting her multiple times. She was taken to a nearby hospital, but it was too late. Webster was later apprehended by police and charged with Alger's murder to which he has pleaded not guilty.
There is no reason anyone in Webster's state should have been driving a car at all. Clearly he wasn't thinking straight and was full of rage. He might claim that he planned to turn that rage against himself, but the real tragedy is that Alger got in the way.
This story definitely gives me chills when I think about how I respond to rude drivers on the roads. It's so easy to get caught up and yell things and make rude gestures. I never stop to think, "What if this person is completely unstable, what if they have a gun?" People joke about getting road rage, but this story -- and Alger's death -- prove it's no laughing matter.
How do you deal with scary drivers?
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