Air Force Reservist Fatally Stabbed In Road Rage Incident

MISSOURI (ABC NEWS)- A U.S. Air Force veteran was stabbed to death after a road rage incident — and now cops are looking for the driver who allegedly killed him, Missouri police said.

Cody Harter, 24, was driving his maroon Chevy C71 extended cab truck about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly pulled over to a median between Interstate 470 and MO-291.

“It appears our victim was in traffic and involved in some type of altercation with another person in traffic,” said Chris Depue, a spokesman for Lee’s Summit Police Department.

Depue said many witnesses may have seen “some type of altercation” unfold between Harter and another man at the merger between the two thruways.

“Two cars are on the shoulder and [witnesses] saw two men outside those vehicles arguing in what appeared to be a disturbance or a fight,” he said.

The dispute escalated and the unidentified motorist allegedly stabbed Harter before fleeing in his vehicle north on I-471, police said.

That driver is still on the lam, police said. Authorities did not say if witnesses provided descriptions of him or the vehicle he was driving.

Before the incident, Harter’s family said he called them to let them know he was on his way home.


The family made a heart wrenching plea to urge any witness who may have seen what happened to come forward to help track down the alleged killer.


Harter was in his final semester at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph to earn a degree in engineering technology. When he wasn’t racing dirt bikes he was mowing lawns for a small business he started, his family said.



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