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Police: Road rage drivers going 100 miles per hour during deadly incident

Justin Beeler died when his car slammed into a tree. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Justin Beeler died when his car slammed into a tree. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brandon Beeler (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Brandon Beeler (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The surviving driver in a deadly July 8 road rage crash told police both drivers were traveling about 100 miles per hour when the second driver slammed into a tree while firing shots, according to statements made in the newly released accident report.

The survivor's name is redacted in the report. The Louisville Metro Police Department has not released his identity because he hasn't been charged in the case.

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According to the accident report, witnesses and video surveillance corroborate that a verbal altercation took place between the unidentified man and Justin Beeler at Sissy's Liquor Store off South Fifth Street. The report states the unidentified man told Beeler he was a law enforcement officer.

The surveillance video shows both men left the liquor store parking lot in separate cars. Beeler left first with the second driver leaving almost 40 seconds later.

According to the surviving driver, the incident turned into a case of road rage when both men traveled up and down Southern Parkway at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour as Beeler fired shots at the other car with a semi-automatic pistol, hitting it several times.

Beeler eventually lost control of his car and hit a tree head-on. He died at the scene.

Beeler's brother, Brandon Beeler, spoke to WAVE 3 News on Wednesday. He says the whole situation is not like his brother and only has one explanation.

"The only way I could see him doing something like this is if he was provoked and feel threatened," said Brandon Beeler.

An LMPD spokesperson says the unidentified driver is not a law enforcement officer of any kind and that the department is working with the Commonwealth Attorney's office on the investigation.

Louisville attorney Bart Adams says the report leaves out one key piece of information: Who was the other driver? His name blacked out by LMPD in the report.

"I have not seen a case where this type of a case, a traffic case, traffic accident, traffic death in which anybody that's been involved name has been withheld," said Adams. "So, it raises a lot of suspicion as to the person’s identity who he knows his status or who knows him."

LMPD says it's standard practice not to reveal the names of witnesses or people who've not been charged.

Brandon Beeler hopes the name of the other man involved comes out soon to give his family some more answers.

"I understand you have to keep some things while you are working on them," said Beeler. "I do feel like charges should be filed soon."

WAVE 3 News sent two Attorneys General opinions on the subject to LMPD. A spokesperson says the city is evaluating those and considering whether to change their stance.

The LEO weekly also ran a story on the road rage crash revealing what they say is the man's name through their sources.

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

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