Supermarket Dispute Sparked Deadly Road Rage: Police

Police say an altercation in a supermarket parking lot sparked the highway road rage

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    Police are searching for a driver who fled the scene. Marc Santia reports (Published Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013)

    The father of a 27-year-old woman killed after an apparent road rage dispute in Orange County last week is pleading for the other driver to turn himself in to police. 

    "If he could just come forward and explain himself... How can you live with yourself? How can you sleep?" said a devastated Terry Lesane.

    Tiffany Lesane was killed and her 9-year-old son injured when she lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 84 in Wallkill Friday. Investigators say that Lesane and another driver apparently got into a confrontation outside a Shop-Rite supermarket in Middletown, and according to witnesses, it escalated into road rage for two miles on the highway. 

    State Police Capt. Pierce Gallagher said witnesses described "both of the vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed, to some extent jockeying for position and in general driving recklessly, and we believe contributed significantly to this accident." 

    Lesane lost control of her Ford Focus and the vehicle flipped at least twice before coming to a rest on the median at around exit 4 in Middletown.

    Lesane's son Charles survived the crash with minor head injuries. 

    Police are continuing to search for the man driving the light blue car they say may have been involved in the crash. In the meantime, Tiffany Lesane's funeral is scheduled for Monday in Newburgh. 

    "I have to bury my baby. It doesn't get any worse," said Terry Lesane.

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