I-78 road rage suspect, Lee Kish, headed to trial
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 06:07:47 PM CDT
Investigators say It's a case of road rage that turned dangerous. Now the New Jersey man accused of firing a handgun at a woman who honked at him on I-78 is heading to trial. 66-year-old Lee Kish is facing 8 charges including aggravated assault and attempted homicide. He pleaded not guilty, but after hearing from three witnesses the district judge ruled there's enough evidence to let a jury decide his fate.
It all went down March 13th on I-78 in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County. The victim in this case took the stand Wednesday saying she honked at Kish three times in an attempt to get him to speed up. She told the judge Kish was driving about 35 miles per hour in the left lane of the interstate.
According to court documents Kish sped off then waited for the woman. She testified she heard "glass shatter and an unbelievable sound like a bomb went off." Court paperwork outlines that a .45 caliber bullet shattered Kish's side mirror then hit the victim's car.
Kish had nothing to say as he walked out of court, instead he let his lawyer do the talking.
"The circumstances are such that we don't believe that he's guilty of the charges as filed," explained Gary Asteak.
He says there was a lot of road rage going on that day, and argues there's no evidence Kish pulled the trigger.
"I don't think they showed that today nor do I think they showed that he had any intent if he had that he intended to harm that lady."
The victim told the judge she's emotionally injured from the incident and is living in fear.
"He hasn't been heard yet," added Asteak. "He hasn't been given an opportunity to speak his peace and perhaps one of these days he will."
Kish is out on bail. He's set to be formally arraigned on June 20th.
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