MINEOLA - Opening statements were heard in a Mineola court today in the deadly road rage trial of an Oceanside man.

According to prosecutors, Evan Potts hit the gas of his rented Nissan Altima, fatally running over 34-year-old Ian Sharrin in Long Beach in 2009. The two drivers had allegedly got into an argument after Potts cut off Sharrin.

The defense claims that Potts was a kid afraid for his life and trying to drive away in a panic when he struck Sharrin.

The trial continues tomorrow and is expected to last about four or five weeks. Jurors will then decide if Potts is guilty of criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter.

Potts faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Deadly road rage suspect arraigned in court