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Man charged with capital murder in I-20/59 shooting

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Roderick Dale Washington, 37, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Fredrick Lee Blakely. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Roderick Dale Washington, 37, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Fredrick Lee Blakely. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit
Fredrick Lee Blakely was killed in the shooting at Exit 100 on I-20/59. Source: Family photo Fredrick Lee Blakely was killed in the shooting at Exit 100 on I-20/59. Source: Family photo
Two men who were apparently racing down I-20/59 crashed both of their cars at Exit 100. One of the drivers is accused of shooting the other to death. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Two men who were apparently racing down I-20/59 crashed both of their cars at Exit 100. One of the drivers is accused of shooting the other to death. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A man accused of shooting another driver to death on I-20/59 near McCalla Thursday night told investigators he was racing the other car before they crashed, according to court documents.

Officials said a Chevy Impala and Nissan Altima sped southbound down I-20/59, hit each other and crashed at Exit 100, the Abernant Bucksville exit, in Tuscaloosa County.

Lakeview police officers and Tuscaloosa County deputies got to the scene around 8:30 p.m. and they found the two wrecked cars and one man on the ground. The man had been shot at least once in the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police identified the man who was killed as Fredrick Lee Blakely, 40. He was driving the black Nissan Altima.

The man accused of shooting Blakely is identified as 37-year-old Roderick Dale Washington. He was driving a black Chevy Impala.

Law enforcement took Washington into custody at the scene. He had minor injuries from the crash and was taken to DCH for treatment.

A witness who saw the crash stopped to help and told investigators he saw Washington lean into the Altima's passenger window with his hand extended toward the driver. The witness then heard a single gunshot and saw Blakely exit the car, run to the shoulder and collapse on the ground.

Court documents state the witness said Washington walked over to Blakely with a gun pointing at him, saying "You're going to give it to me." The witness picked Washington as the suspect out of a photo line up.

After being released from the hospital, Washington was questioned and arrested on Friday for capital murder, according to Sgt. Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit.

Washington is charged with capital murder because he's accused of shooting Blakely while he was in his car. Washington is being held on no bond.

Authorities say both men were the drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash, but they have not commented on whether or not there were passengers in either car.

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