Trucker hurt in apparent road rage shooting

| 6/7/2006

A trucker driving on Interstate 25 in Wyoming was injured Tuesday, June 6, by flying glass when an apparently enraged motorist fired six shots through the driver’s side door of his truck.

Lt. Troy McLees, a public information officer for the Wyoming Highway Patrol, told “Land Line Now” that trucker Bobbie Hull of Bellevue, NE, was traveling southbound on I-25 between mile markers 99 and 97 at approximately 6:10 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. Hull drives for Schmidt Transportation out of Plattsmouth, NE.

McLees said the highway patrol is treating the incident as a case of apparent road rage. The driver of the car – 35-year-old Jeremy White of Casper, WY – claims the truck tried to run him off the road.

“We have a lot of construction now in the state of Wyoming, and our speed limits are a little slow,” McLees said. “This gentleman happened to be traveling 30 in a 65 mph when the semi came up behind him, and I’m sure that the guy in the vehicle felt the semi was pushing him through the construction zone, and I’m sure both parties were getting irritated with each other.”

Hull, who was not cited for any violations, did receive some injuries to his face from shattered glass, but refused medical treatment at the scene, McLees said. Meanwhile, White was still being held in jail as of press time. So far, no charges have been filed against either driver.

After the shooting, McLees said Hull pulled his truck over to the side of the road, and that White drove on a little further, then pulled over and hid in some bushes, fearing Hull might come after him. In fact, White called 9-1-1 and surrendered to troopers without incidence. A 9-millimeter Reuger pistol was found in White’s Suzuki SUV, according to the highway patrol.

– By Reed Black, staff writer