Rhome police say a truck driver chased a motorcyclist off the road during a fatal road rage incident. The victim’s family wants the suspect to come forward. RHOME, Texas — The family of Jerry Newton, a motorcyclist killed following a road rage incident last Friday, wants justice. On Wednesday, Kody Newton, the victim’s son, spoke.
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Rhome police say a truck driver chased a motorcyclist off the road during a fatal road rage incident. The victim’s family wants the suspect to come forward.
RHOME, Texas — The family of Jerry Newton, a motorcyclist killed following a road rage incident last Friday, wants justice.
On Wednesday, Kody Newton, the victim’s son, spoke to WFAA during a visitation for his father.
“There’s not enough time a person could serve, not enough money in this world that could justify this,” Kody said.
According to their social media post, officers were called at about 7:15 a.m. to an accident on the highway between Pioneer Parkway and Highway 114.
The department said a motorcyclist, identified as 55-year-old Jerry Wayne Newton of Decatur, was involved in a road rage incident.
According to Rhome Police Chief Eric Debus, Newton tried to get away, but the driver of a pickup truck hauling a trailer chased him down the highway, forcing him off the road and onto a median. Newton was injured and taken to a Fort Worth hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said another truck driver stopped to help Newton immediately after the incident happened and gave a description of the suspect vehicle to a dispatcher.
Police in Rhome told WFAA they’ve identified the suspect they believe was involved in the deadly incident U.S. Highway 287 Friday morning. Chief Debus said they’re confident an arrest is imminent.
“Knowing that knowing he was trying to get out of a situation to prevent this from happening and it happened,” Kody said. “I hope he’ll come forward and understand what he’s done.”
In an update on Tuesday, March 14, Rhome police released a description and an image of the suspect vehicle.
Coincidentally, surveillance video showing the suspect’s vehicle came from Aurora Baptist church.
It’s the church Newton belonged to for 15 years.
Pastor James Withers believes the surveillance footage was divine intervention.
“It was remarkable the way the providence of God worked out where the very church where he was a security was used to bring about, hopefully, his capture,” Withers said.
Kody told WFAA that Newton was on his way to work security at the Good Guys Car Show that morning, one of his favorite events.
He described his father as a hard worker who taught his children the meaning of commitment.
“He’d give the shirt off his back to anybody who needed help,” Kody said.
Newton was a caregiver for his disabled wife, according to Kody.
“It has left a huge vacuum in their family,” Withers said. “So, pray for the family.”
Police said the vehicle is a Ford four-door pickup truck, possibly an F250 or F350, that was pulling a black trailer. According to police, the pickup has an aftermarket front bumper, a hood scoop with marker lights beneath the hood line and dark grey or black wheels.
Police said the trailer has mismatched wheels — two are white and the other two are grey. The trailer was carrying what appears to be a black and white asphalt roller or similar equipment with a high bar behind the seat.
Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to call Rhome police at 817-636-2400 or the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.
The Rhome Police Department, Texas DPS, and Texas Rangers are still investigating.
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