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Police report released in deadly road rage case

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Matthew Hensley Matthew Hensley
Travis Neal Travis Neal

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Investigators say the other driver involved in a deadly road rage crash on I-64 spoke with detectives.  

Shortly after the accident, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said they were looking for the driver of a red pick up truck. WAVE 3 obtained a police report that shows a lawyer representing that driver came forward to investigators.

On October 12, just before 9:00 a.m. Travis Neal and his work partner were driving on I-64, when he witnessed something he never wanted to see.

"It was freaky, I couldn't sleep at all that night, so it was pretty bad," said Neal.

According to an accident report, one witness told detectives he watched a red pickup truck and a red Ford Explorer engage in a road rage incident. He saw the cars tailgating, changing speeds rapidly, and cutting each other off.

Ultimately, the red Explorer driven by 34-year-old Matthew Hensley lost control and flipped.

Neal saw Hensley make a rapid lane change right before the crash. "He went from the fast lane all the way over to the right lane and straight over to the median, and he hit a guardrail, that's what flipped him over was the guardrail he flipped several times," said Neal.

Neal tried to help, but it was too late. The report states Hensley was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I didn't see anybody trying to push him over or anything like that so I thought it was just a freak accident the way he went over like that," said Neal.

The sheriff's office wanted to speak with the driver of the red pickup truck, and four days later,  an attorney for 72-year-old Richard Miller contacted detectives. The report states there is no indication that the two cars ever made contact.

It's a tragic situation that has forever impacted Neal. "Now I put my seat belt on every time I get in the vehicle," said Miller. "I'm weird about people getting close to me know, it's small things like that."

At this time charges have not been filed against Miller. WAVE 3 tried to talk with Miller about the case, but were told no comment.  

Investigators say this case might be headed for a grand jury.

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