In a horrific incident that shocked Calgary, AB, a man was killed in what police are calling a road rage incident. David Mervin Berglund, 35, was tragically killed on December 12, 2023 and another man, Steven Allen, has been charged with murder. The incident happened in broad daylight in the north-east Temple area, leaving residents and the wider community grappling with the reality of such violence on their streets.
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The deadly incident began with what police described as a “no-injury hit-and-run” collision between two vehicles, a red Chevrolet Aveo and a GMC Sierra pickup truck. The collision sparked a dispute between the two drivers, which escalated into a road rage brawl that ended in tragedy.
According to the report, the GMC Sierra pickup truck was driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic. At one point, the truck driver allegedly pointed a knife at the driver and passengers of the red car. Despite advice from 911 dispatchers to stop interacting with the truck driver, the Chevrolet’s occupants continued to follow the vehicle.
As the situation worsened, the truck driver stopped and exited the vehicle in the 6900 block of Temple Drive N.E. Immediately after the Chevrolet passed, the GMC driver kicked the side of the passenger car. In a shocking turn of events, the Chevrolet Aveo then plowed straight into the driver of the GMC Sierra, hitting him and pinning him against a nearby tree. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the incident, Steven Allen, 34, was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He appeared in court on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, where a justice of the peace released him on $2,000 bail.
Witnesses reported seeing two people get out of a red car after the incident. One of them covered the victim with a blanket, who was lying on the snow-covered grass between the sidewalk and the road.
The death of David Mervin Berglund under such violent circumstances left Calgary shocked and saddened. Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld described the incident as “shocking,” reflecting the sentiments of the broader community.
As legal proceedings against Steven Allen continue, Calgarians mourn the loss of David Berglund, a tragic victim of a road rage that happens all too often. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of such conflicts and the urgent need for safer and more cautious driving practices on our roads.