Highway To Homicide

California's road wars go on and, in one case, go airborne

Driving the clogged roadways around Los Angeles has always been nerve-racking and deadly dull. But for the past two months it has been simply deadly. Since June 18 three people have been killed, seven injured and ten arrested, as more than 40 shootings, assorted rock throwings and other violent incidents have turned the Southern California highways into a terror zone. Last week alone brought 19 reported episodes of gunfire, five arrests and an all but surreal suggestion that the crackpot violence had spread to the skies.

In the most bizarre episode to date, the pilot of a small airplane who was...