Road rage sparked over carpool line, Mount Dora police say

Mom charged with aggravated assault in incident at Round Lake Elementary School


MOUNT DORA, Fla. – A Lake County mother was arrested in a road rage incident Wednesday after she chased down another driver and rammed her vehicle, according to Mount Dora police. 

Damaris Lopez, 33, was charged with aggravated assault stemming from the incident that started in the carpool line of Round Lake Elementary School in Mount Dora.

Lopez and another parent, Ashley Fisher, had both just finished dropping their children off at the school Wednesday morning when Fisher reportedly saw Lopez driving erratically around campus, and at one point, almost hitting a student, police said.

The two then started driving on State Road 46, where Fisher told police Lopez was swerving all over the road, which was preventing her from passing.

Both parents ended up pulling over at the Mini-Mart, about 2.5 miles away from the school, where police say Lopez got out of her car and approached Fisher's Chrysler PT Cruiser while yelling obscenities.

Fisher then backed up, and when she did, she accidentally clipped Lopez's side mirror, police said.

Investigators said Lopez then got back in her car and followed Fisher a few streets over before slamming into the front end of the PT Cruiser.

Mount Dora police responded and ultimately arrested Lopez on aggravated assault charges. She has since posted her $2,000 bond.

"People should have more self-control, I think," said John Davis, who was picking his grandson up at the school. "It's a shame something like that would happen."

"We're in front of a school," said Rozanna Waller, also a parent of child at the school. "You don't act like that in front of a school."

Police say Lopez admitted to them that she rammed Fisher's car on purpose, but claimed she only got out of her car at the Mini-Mart to get a license plate number.

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