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Hendersonville Man Dies from Wound Suffered in Apparent Road Rage Incident


A Hendersonville man shot during an apparent road rage incident Tuesday afternoon on I-65 north between the Trinity Lane exit and the I-24 split died today at a Hendersonville hospital.

Kerry Willerton, 46, had told his girlfriend that he was involved in a road rage incident in Davidson County and had been shot with what he thought was an airsoft gun. She said Willerton declined to seek medical treatment, believing his injury would get better. The girlfriend found Willerton unresponsive Wednesday and called for an ambulance.

Calls of shots being fired involving two men on the side of I-65 north came in at 3:19 p.m. Tuesday. Both parties had driven away before officers arrived.

Willerton told his girlfriend that his vehicle was struck in the rear by a white pickup truck, and that the driver had shot him. Witnesses describe the white truck as possibly a Chevrolet with four doors, tinted windows, a wench on the front bumper, and bearing a specialty license plate that might include an American flag emblem. The driver of the pickup truck is described as an older thin white man with graying hair and a beard.

Anyone with information about the white pickup truck is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Homicide Detective Derry Baltimore is leading this investigation.