Trucker gets 25 years in ‘road rage’ murder
BY DAN ROZEKand TINA SFONDELES
Wisconsin trucker driver David Seddon was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for the "road rage" slaying of another trucker off the Edens Expressway in January.
The confrontation began with two truckers arguing over CB radio, then escalated as the drivers tried to cut each other off while they rolled up the Edens Expy.
The clash turned deadly after the truckers stopped on the shoulder of the highway near Northfield to square off.
That’s when David Seddon, 49, stabbed to death Alan Lauritzen, 40, of Sparta, Wis.
Seddon, of Racine, Wis., was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for the Jan. 15 “road rage” slaying, said Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Seddon will have to serve the full prison term imposed by Judge Larry Axelrood.
Seddon had faced a maximum 60-year sentence after he was convicted of first-degree murder by Axelrood following a two-day trial last month in Skokie.
The clash between the truckers began on the Kennedy Expy. and continued as the men turned their rigs onto the Edens Expy., authorities said.
The men argued over their radios, then Seddon began tailgating Lauritzen’s truck, police said.
After the trucks stopped on the highway’s shoulder, Seddon started fighting with Lauritzen, then stabbed him with a folding knife, authorities said.
He drove off and left Lauritzen lying unconscious on the pavement.
A passing motorist stopped to aid the injured trucker.
Lauritzen died a short time later of two stab wounds in the chest, authorities said.
Two people witnessed the fight, and one of them identified Seddon in a lineup, Illinois State Police said after Seddon was charged with the slaying.
Seddon confessed in a videotaped statement, and he had described the stabbing to another person, prosecutors said earlier this year during court proceedings.