UPDATE 4:41 p.m. CT:
KTVI reports a 39-year-old Troy, Missouri man was charged Tuesday in connection with a fatal road rage altercation. But investigators said he’s not in custody.
State police received tips about the suspect's truck, leading them to trace the license plate and registration of the 2019 Dodge Ram to Joshua David O’Keefe of Troy.
After contacting O’Keefe’s place of employment for additional information, state police went to O’Keefe’s residence to speak with him but he was not home, KTVI reports. O’Keefe’s wife arrived at the home driving the 2019 Dodge Ram pickup and she said she was unaware of her husband’s whereabouts, according to police. State police were unable to reach O’Keefe on his cellphone.
The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged O’Keefe with one count of second-degree murder.
Police said O’Keefe has prior arrests and convictions over the years, including DWI, robbery, drug possession, and assault, KTVI reports.
O’FALLON, Mo. (KTVI) -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol and investigators in St. Charles County are asking for the public’s help in locating a person accused of beating a 68-year-old man to death in a road rage incident.
According to a state police spokesperson, the attack happened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on westbound Interstate 64 near Highway K. O’Fallon police and state police found the victim unconscious at the scene.
The victim was hospitalized and later died from his injuries, state police said. The victim’s family identified him as Ron Lawson of Winfield, Missouri.
Lawson’s family said he was a truck driver and was always safe on the road. They are deeply saddened and asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.
The managers of the St. Charles County Scanner Traffic Facebook page said witnesses sent them pictures of the attacker’s vehicle – a 2019 or 2020 black Dodge 2500 or 3500 diesel truck. The truck was towing a white car trailer with vertical ramps. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Highway DD.
Authorities have not released a description of the suspect. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C at (636) 300-2800.