Investigators now say a classic case of road rage over CB radios led to a Sparta truck driver's murder.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois charged 48-year-old David Seddon with first degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Alan Lauritzen. Lauritzen drove a truck for an Arcadia company.
Lauritzen's family filled three rows in an Illinois courtroom Tuesday, sobbing as prosecutors described what led to the Sparta man's murder.
"It began on the Kennedy Expressway. There were instances of cutting each other off," said Commander David Nanniga with the Illinois State Police.
Investigators say Seddon from Racine, Wisconsin said "let's do it" over his CB and the two truckers pulled over near Chicago.
“They were having an issue and they decided to stop on the shoulder of I-94 and settle their differences," says Illinois State Police Commander Anthony Rapacz.
Prosecutor Andy Conklin says during the fight, Seddon pulled out a 2 1/2 inch buck knife and stabbed Lauritzen three times. He says investigators talked to at least two witnesses who saw the fight.
Prosecutors say it was a third man who gave them Seddon's name. The man was apparently there when Seddon threw the knife into a Racine landfill.
Chicago police arrested Seddon Monday as he made his regular delivery rounds in Chicago. Prosecutors say he later admitted to the crime.
His lawyer is now demanding that photos be taken to document his injuries from the fight.
We talked to Alan Lauritzen's trucking company, Pehler and Sons out of Arcadia. A spokesperson says he had only worked there three months, but he did his job and did it well.
Seddon is being held without bond. If convicted, he faces up to sixty years in prison.
UPDATE FROM MONDAY 1/18:
Troopers arrest a Wisconsin man for stabbing a Sparta truck driver to death.
A Racine man has been charged in the murder of a truck driver who was found bleeding on a suburban Chicago interstate Friday.
Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Sally Daly says 48-year-old David Seddon of Racine, Wis., was charged with first-degree murder Monday. Daly says he's expected to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday.
A telephone number for a David Seddon in Racine is unlisted. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Illinois State Police say 40-year-old Allen Lauritzen of Sparta, Wis., was found Friday morning lying by his parked rig by the side of the Edens Expressway, near the Chicago suburb of Northbrook. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Lauritzen was a driver with Pehler & Sons Trucking, based in Arcadia. The safety director from Pehler and Sons says the truck driver stabbed and killed near Chicago was a very hard worker.
Cathy Diebold says Alan Lauritzen had only worked for Pehler for three months. She says he was very calm and collected. Diebold says she can't imagine him pulling over to get out of his truck.
She says the company is devastated and it's hard having so few answers. She calls the stabbing unbelievable.
Diebold says her heart goes out to Lauritzen's family.
UPDATE FROM SATURDAY 1/16:
The Illinois State Police say 40-year-old Alan Lauritzen of Sparta, Wis. was stabbed to death after an apparent fight with another trucker.
Lauritzen was found Friday morning lying by his parked rig by the side of the Edens Expressway (I-94), near the Chicago suburb of Northbrook. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Lauritzen was a driver with Pehler & Sons trucking, based in Arcadia, Wis. A company spokeswoman says Lauritzen worked there for less than a year but was a good employee.
ORIGINAL STORY FROM FRIDAY 1/15
Illinois State Police say a truck driver from Sparta was stabbed and killed on the side of I-94, possibly stemming from road rage.
Investigators aren't releasing the man's name. But, video from the scene shows the truck is from Pehler & Sons Trucking, Inc. out of Arcadia.
The Illinois State Police says it appears two truckers pulled over and got into a physical fight on the side of the interstate around 10:40 Friday morning. Someone driving by called 911 when they saw the Sparta man collapsed and bleeding in front of his truck.
Investigators say the 40-year-old man was stabbed three times, twice in the upper body and once in the arm. They say he died just after noon at an area hospital.
Officers continue to look for any information that could lead them to the other trucker. You're asked to call (847) 294-4400 if you can help.
We called Pehler & Sons Friday afternoon. They did not want to comment at this time.