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Atlanta Lawyer Charged With Murdering Man In Road Rage Incident After Thinking He Threw A Golf Ball At His Car

Getting angry on the road is something we can all relate to, but very few of us get so angry we commit murder, as Bryan Schmitt, at Atlanta lawyer, is accused of doing.

Schmitt, 48, was driving home on July 30. He passed the house of 60-year-old Hamid Jahangard, who was outside waiting for a painter.

Schmitt claims he saw Jahangard make a throwing motion and that he then saw something white hit his car.

According to Schmitt, he made a U-turn and confronted Jahangard, which is when things went very bad. He told detectives:

“I rolled down my window to ask why he’d throw something at my car. He yelled at me to ‘(expletive)! It’s none of your business!’ When I attempted to pull into the driveway he pushed a trash can at me.”

“I swerved to right to miss it & ended up hitting a second trash can. When I came to stop he was lying on (the) other side of (the) first trash can.”

Investigators did find a golf ball lying across the street from the scene of the incident.

However, several other details from Schmitt’s story didn’t seem to match up with recovered evidence. Security footage from a neighboring house showed Jahangard walking to the end of his driveway, where Schmitt drove past, stopped, and reversed to talk.

After about 25 seconds, the footage shows Schmitt turning to the left and accelerating into Jahangard, with reports making no mention of Schmitt’s alleged trash can shoving.

An investigating detective wrote:

“You cannot see impact. Victim Hamid (Jahangard) is slammed to the ground, head bounces twice off pavement and his body is rotating.”

The detective also addressed Schmitt’s claim that something was thrown at him.

“You can now also see a golf ball slowly roll down the driveway…and roll into the flower garden.

While the incident was taking place, a service vehicle happened to drive up, capturing footage of the scene on its dashcam. Police once again say the video does not match with Schmitt’s story.

“The speed used to vault the garbage can, lift the front end of his car up and to slam the victim down so hard it causes a massive skull fracture where blood is squirting out his ears seconds after impact is not an accident.”

Meanwhile, Manoucher Jahangard, the victim’s brother, claims he was on the phone with Hamid when the incident occurred. Before the line went dead, he told authorities he heard his brother say:

“I did not throw anything. I did not throw anything, get out of my face.”

Schmitt turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest and he has been indicted “on charges including murder and aggravated assault.”

Jahangard is survived by his two daughters, whose mother passed away last year after battling breast cancer.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--