- Christina Colón, 32, was shot to death in a road rage incident.
- The young woman was traveling as a passenger with her daughter when she was shot from another moving car.
- The North Charleston Police Department detained two men related to the case.
Christina Colón, 32, was shot to death in front of her seven-year-old daughter after a road rage incident. The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) reported the arrest of two men. One is the alleged murderer and the other the driver of the car in which Christina Colón and her daughter were riding.
The incident in which Christina Colón died led to the arrest of Austin Blayne Faltermeier, 24, the driver of the car in which the woman and her daughter were traveling. He was charged with aggravated assault. The other man is Parker Gour, 24, who fired multiple shots and killed Christina Colón in South Carolina.
Christina Colón died in front of her daughter’s eyes
Christina Colón, according to the NCPD report sent to MundoHispánico by email, was only an innocent victim of Austin Blayne Faltermeier and Parker Gour’s wrath. She actually had nothing to do with this case of ‘road rage’.
According to the NCPD on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in the afternoon two cars (it is not confirmed what type of vehicles) were traveling on I-26 when a driver, later identified as Austin Blayne Faltermeier, collided with another car that was driven by Parker Gour.
A crash, the chase and the murder
After the crash, which according to the report was a minor impact, Austin Blayne Faltermeier fled the scene of the incident at full speed and ran off the road. Christina Colón and her seven-year-old daughter were passengers in his car. The relationship between Colón and Faltermeier is unknown at this time.
When Parker Gour saw that Austin Blayne Faltermeier’s car was leaving the scene of the incident, he decided to chase him. Faltermeier turned off I-26, an interstate, and onto East Montogue Avenue, closely pursued and at speed by Gour.
Christina Colón hit by a gunshot
Austin Blayne Faltermeier realized that the other car was chasing him after the accident on I-26 and tried to escape at full speed making reckless maneuvers in traffic despite taking Christina Colón and her seven-year-old daughter with him as passengers.
When Parker Gour decided that the other motorist could escape, the man then pulled out a gun and began firing at the vehicle that Austin Blayne Faltermeier was driving. One of the bullets wounded Christina Colón who was killed inside the car by the other driver.
The girl sitting in the back seat saw her mother die
The NCPD report does not detail who called the 911 requesting help for Christina Colón, who was seriously injured at the scene of the shooting on East Montogue Avenue. The road is a very busy thoroughfare in the city of North Charleston as it leads to the Cooper River in a populated area.
However, when the paramedics of the North Charleston Fire Department (NCFD) arrived at the scene there was nothing they could do for Christina Colón and she was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.
Parker Norman Gour and Austin Blayne Faltermeier are arrested
Officers from the NCPD’s Homicide Division arrived at the scene of the shooting to investigate the case of road rage, which led to the murder of Christina Colón in front of her daughter. Colón’s little daughter was handed over to Social Services and then picked up by her mother’s family.
Officers of the Homicide Division of the NCPD, after their investigations, arrested Parker Norman Gour for having fired the gun that killed Christina Colón. Austin Blayne Faltermeier was arrested on the charge of aggravated assault for using his car as a potential weapon against Gour.
Christina Colón “was very loved”
Christina Colón’s murder has caused deep pain in the city of North Charleston especially because she died in front of her little girl. Edward Colón III, whose relationship with the dead woman was not revealed, started a Go Fund Me In Memory of Christina Colón to ask for financial help.
“I want help to Isabella (the girl) and Christina… who was very loved and we will miss her very much. She was a mother, daughter, sister, and friend. The Colón family will take care of Isabella, these funds that are collected will go to take care of her in her future ”, wrote Edward Colón III when requesting financial help after the brutal crime.
“It’s your fault she’s dead”
According to ABC 4 News of South Carolina, Christina Colón’s father attended the first hearing in the case against Parker Gour and Austin Blayne Faltermeier and confronted them in front of the judge over the death of his daughter and the pain that they caused his granddaughter. The television station did not provide the name of the woman’s father.
“It’s your fault she’s dead,” Christina Colón’s father said to Faltermeier. He snapped, “I have a seven-year-old girl telling me that she was telling you to stop… but you kept drinking.” To Gour, the Colón’s murderer, he said “why did you have to shoot, why at her and not at the driver who hit you?”
Christina Colón, one more victim of gun violence
The shooting death of Christina Colón in front of her daughter is just one more example of gun violence in the United States. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence reports that so far in 2021, 38,194 people have already been shot dead.
As of Sunday, November 7, 2o21, of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 17,668 were murdered and 20,526 committed suicide. 35,068 were injured. The country has already experienced 611 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died or were injured in the same event.
The alarming cases of road rage
In the United States in general, and in Texas in particular, incidents of ‘Road Rage’ or anger on the highways are alarming because they leave people like Christina Colón dead as the result of minor confrontations between motorists. Perhaps the most dramatic case of the year was that of the Hispanic boy Aiden Leos in California.
According to nonprofit organization Counseling Association in America, which includes psychologists from different branches of mental health, cases of road rage in the country are caused by people who do not have strategies in their daily life to tolerate frustration and explode when driving and may need professional help.
There is psychological help for people who feel rage while driving.
“Clearly, such out-of-control actions are illegal, dangerous, and can cause harm to you and those around you. If you have experienced a form of out-of-control road rage, it is vital that you seek professional assistance. This is a condition that needs help in anger management,” said the organization.
North Charleston, the city in which Christina Colón was killed, is a community northwest of the Charleston metropolitan area on the South Carolina coast. The United States Census Bureau details that 112,000 people live in that city and of which 10 out of every 100 residents are Hispanic.
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