Road Rage May Have Led To Fatal Stabbing

Saturday, May 17th 2008, 6:06 pm
By: News On 6

Road rage led to the death of Tulsa man on Saturday afternoon. Police are still looking for the suspects, but say they followed the 29-year-old victim for several miles on I-244. The News On 6's Dan Bewley reports the family of John Hines is devastated.

The family says the soon-to-be father would never hurt anyone.

"Never think anything like this would happen to him because he's just a big teddy bear, I mean, loving, loving person," said Hines' brother Jason Williams.

"It's just senseless, it's just senseless," said Hines' sister Laura Colberg.

Hines' older brother and sister say Hines was visiting his sister-in-law who had just given birth to twins.

It began where Highway 75 and I-244 merge, according to police. The Pontiac Hines was in apparently pulled in front of a white Chevy Silverado with two men and two children inside. The truck followed Hines for several miles to the off-ramp on Delaware Avenue.

Police say Hines and the driver of the Pontiac along with the two men from the truck got out of their vehicles at the end of the off-ramp.

The 28-year-old's family can't believe Hines was looking for a fight, they say it's not in his nature.

"Wouldn't hurt a flea," said Williams.

"You have to work real hard in making him mad. It's a pretty hard job to make him mad," said Colberg.

Hines was stabbed several times in the chest, police say. The two men in the truck took off, going back west on 244, Hines was taken to the QuikTrip where he died before medical technicians could get a chance to save him.

AAA says road rage is responsible for close to 1,200 deaths every year across the country.

As John Hines family mourns, they want others to remember their big teddy bear and recognize the trouble that comes with road rage.

"People it's not worth it, man. It's not worth it," said Williams.

Police are releasing very little suspect information at this time.