Someone with anger management problems who reaches inside someone’s car after blocking them on the road is liable to get their ticket punched. That’s exactly happened to a plumber named Scott Mattison last week in a Chicago suburb.
Mattison suffered a road rage episode in Streamwood, Illinois. He stopped his truck, and verbally berated another driver. When he reached inside the other car and struck the driver, the driver shot and killed him.
The UK’s Daily Mail has the story. In it, they paint the attacker as the victim, as if he did absolutely nothing to precipitate his own death.
A father-of-two was fatally shot in broad daylight in Chicago after getting himself involved in road rage incident with another driver.
The shooting took place on Sunday in Streamwood, a northwestern suburb of the Windy City, at just before 5:20 p.m. in the area of Bartlett and Oltendorf roads.
Dashcam footage showed Scott Mattison, 46, who was driving a blue Ford pickup truck on Bartlett Road, getting out of his truck and approaching a white Ford sedan.
He was seen arguing with the sedan driver and reaching into the car’s open window when he was shot.
Moments later, he is seen taking a couple of steps back after realizing that he had been hit.
Mattison, of Glendale Height, was rushed to AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police arrested the driver of the other car.
Mattison’s boss didn’t exactly seem shocked to hear about his employee’s involvement in the confrontation . . .
‘He didn’t deserve to die; to be gunned down the way he was,’ Kevin Polka, who was Mattison’s boss and one of his closest friend, told CBS Chicago. ‘He always was about his daughters,’ he added.
The pair worked together at Polka’s small business, called Paragon Mechanic Inc. Mattison worked as a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning installer (HVAC).
When asked if he was stunned by Mattison’s involvement in the quarrel, Polka said:
‘I don’t know if it surprised me, of if I just – I know if he didn’t, he would be here today. Scott made mistakes, he did. He wasn’t perfect by any means.’
It didn’t surprise his boss that Mattison might have been involved in a road rage confrontation that escalated into a fatal shooting? Is that a nice way of saying he thought his employee had a hot temper?
Looking at the video, it’s clear that Mattison stopped his plumbing truck, blocking the other driver’s Ford Taurus. The video likely safe for work.
It’s also clear that upon reaching in at the other driver, Mattison moved in a striking motion. Not smart and certainly not legal.
From Illinois law:
(720 ILCS 5/18-6) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-11.1)
Sec. 18-6. Vehicular invasion.
(a) A person commits vehicular invasion when he or she knowingly, by force and without lawful justification, enters or reaches into the interior of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is occupied by another person or persons, with the intent to commit therein a theft or felony.
(b) Sentence. Vehicular invasion is a Class 1 felony.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)
As the Taurus driver’s side window was down, Mattison clearly reached inside without lawful justification but without using force. A defense attorney for the Taurus’ driver will surely argue that punching or stabbing at the driver fits the bill for use of “force” to commit the offense.
The plot thickens as the driver of the Taurus, 18-year-old Jonathan Mejia, obviously didn’t have a concealed carry license (21 is the minimum age for a carry license in Illinois.) What’s more, he likely wasn’t transporting the firearm legally unless he was busy loading it while Mattison was yelling at him.
It seems reasonable to think Mejia wasn’t loading his gun as Mattison probably wouldn’t have stuck around long if he’d seen that.
From CBS2 Chicago:
An 18-year-old man has been charged with killing another driver in a road rage shooting this weekend in northwest suburban Streamwood.
Police said Jonathan Mejia is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting death of Scott Mattison, of Glendale Heights…
Police say after the shooting on Saturday, Mejia drove straight to the Streamwood Police Department where he admitted to the shooting and having a gun he knows he shouldn’t have.
There aren’t many criminal defense attorneys who would have recommended admitting anything to the police.
This seems to be a case of one driver committing at least one felony against another driver committing felonies. Is this a case of ‘when idiots collide?’ Time will tell.