Road Rage Trial Of Queens College Student Gets Underway On Long Island

Evan Potts Accused Of Running Over Ian Sharinn After Argument

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBS 2) — In a case that got national attention, a college student is now on trial for running over and killing a Long Island man. Prosecutors call it road rage, but defense attorneys say their client was afraid for his life.

Emotions flowed as the trial began. Evan Potts, the Queens College student accused in the deadly road rage, walked right past the family of the Long Beach man he had run over and killed. Ian Sharinn’s relatives have been privately grieving for two years.

“We lost a very dear family member that day,” sister-in-law Deborah Sharinn said. “Thank you.”

In a courtroom packed with supporters from both sides, spellbound jurors heard how Potts accidentally cut off Ian Sharinn at a Long Beach intersection. And following a two-mile verbal argument — shouting at one another as they drove side by side — Sharinn exited his yellow Porsche twice and confronted Potts, kicking his rented Nissan Altima.

Potts called 9-1-1 as Sharinn grabbed the Altima door frame. Potts accelerated and Sharinn fell beneath the tires and was crushed, said witnesses who will be called to testify.

“And the kid was on the accelerator. He went right over him like a cat in the road,” one witness told CBS 2 at the time of the incident.

Since that day, Evan Potts’ parents have been standing behind their son

“I love him,” his mother said.

“My son is not a killer. He was running for his life,” added his father.

Defense attorney Stanley Kopilow told the jury Sharinn was an enraged lunatic out for revenge, that the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Sharinn was pursuing the smaller Potts like a predator.

“He tracked Evan. He stalked him. He tried to get him to fight,” Kopilow said.

Potts is not speaking about the case, but before the trial told CBS 2 exclusively:

“All I have to say is that I am glad that I’m able to be out to defend myself against these charges,” Potts said.

Next up, jurors will soon hear a frantic 9-1-1 call Potts made just before Sharinn’s left foot was pinned under the wheel and he was crushed under the car.

The trial is expected to last about a month. Both audio and videotape evidence will be played to the jury.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Oh well

    Guess Ian Sharrin learned his lesson…sucks he’s dead, but that’s what happens when you’re a hot-head.

  • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

    If the story is true that the guy got out of his car twice and kicked the defendant’s car like a lunatic and the defendant called 911 I’d say it’s a clear case of self defense.

  • RealityCheck

    I CALL BS on the defense’s story. This is NOT because I agree with the deceased’s actions. Potts was in his car. Sharinn stopped his car, exited and then approached Potts’ car. During that time, Potts, who “accidentally” cut off Sharinn could have driven away. INSTEAD, Potts WAITS for Sharinn, who is a larger person, to approach his car. It is during this time that Potts probably says a few F-Us to Sharinn and then realizes, OH SH!T, this is a big muthaflower! and proceeds to run the deceased over.

    Potts should have driven away. He was trying to OUT TOUGH Sharinn.

    • real realitycheck

      what you don’t realize is that he was probably in usual long beach traffic and unable to get away from the pictures it looks like it took place right on park ave .. the most busy road in long beach. if he could have gotten away i bet he would have

    • Common Sense

      What you did not mention was that Mr Sharinn blocked the poor kids car with his own Porsche before he physically attacked Evan Potts car for the second time, so there was no way to “drive away”. as you suggest.
      I don’t think he was trying to “out tough” any one, just trying to protect hiself any way he could which was to get out of there.

  • disgusted

    Driving has become rediculous. People dont let others merge, they accelerste down the bicycle lane to pass on the right, blow through red lights, and never move out of the way for emergency vehicles. Our siociety is in a seroius downward spiral. The fall of the Roman empire part 2 is coming soon

  • sally rogers

    These aggressive abusive drivers have been getting worse and worse over the past few years. Driving is not a born right like some drivers think it is. Fights over parking spots are horrible and ruthless. We all have places to be but there are drivers are out there that think that where they need to go is more important than the next guy. Its shameful.

  • Rhonda

    Personally, I’m leaning towards the defense. I had a big guy get in my face because he thought I had taken “his” parking space. (I hadn’t, he was waiting for another space, then I saw one farther down that opened up and took it. He thought he should have gotten it.) He was totally in my face, a woman with two small children, big guy, acting macho, until my husband walked up. My big husband. Guy backed off then, but who knows what would have happened.

    He was scaring my kids to death, and I was trying to dial 911 while he yelled at us. Thank goodness my husband (who had gone to look for a parking spot) came back right then.

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