Man Facing Murder Charges After Allegedly Slamming On Brakes In Fatal Road Rage Collision

CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) -- An Alma man was killed and another man arrested Wednesday (May 24) in a road rage incident, according to authorities.

Jason Miller, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision that happened along Interstate 40 shortly after 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, according Arkansas State Police.

"He left work because he didn't feel good and he was headed home," said Jason's wife Tina Miller. "He's always wanted a bike and a couple of months ago he got one. He loved it. He joined Riders United for Children. He loved it."

Miller was driving a motorcycle behind a truck driven by Lawrence Finn, 31, of Pettigrew, according to ASP. Witnesses reported that Finn allegedly slammed on his brakes in front of the motorcycle, which then struck his vehicle.

Finn told officers that he tapped on his brakes after spotting the motorcyclist tailgating him, an affidavit states.

Miller was reportedly drug behind the vehicle before slamming into a median.

According to investigator the incident may have been caught on cameras inside of the white truck.

"There may be cameras that were front facing and back facing. We have obtained a search warrant to obtain those cameras to see what if anything is on them," said Crawford County Prosecutor Mark McCune.

Finn is facing felony second-degree murder, the affidavit states. He was taken to the Crawford County Detention Center where he is being held without bond on Thursday (May 25).

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with Miller's funeral expenses. Miller leaves behind a wife and five children. Tina Miller said a memorial service is being held Friday (May 26) at the Rudy Park. The family is inviting anyone within the motorcycle community or anyone who wants to show their supoprt.

Picture of Jason Miller, courtesy Tina Miller

5 comments

  • Brian McElhaney

    Even if the driver slammed on his truck brakes, “STILL” the bike rider “SHOULDN’T” had been so “CLOSE”, tailgating and would had plenty of time to stop & avoid colliding. Murder Charges?!?!? NO! Manslaughter Maybe.

    • objectivefodder

      Witnesses told police the act was malicious with intent. They saw an aggravated act due on part of the driver. People tail gate all the time and if you slam on the brakes for no reason and it’s witnessed by other parties, and there’s no visible sign or valid reason justifying your actions, you too will be held accountable under state laws. Law enforcement is smart with their investigations. They can determine if the act is intentional or purposeful by investigative reasoning. They know if someone cut you off or if an animal or debris was a factor for sudden braking or emergency stopping.

    • Bettye McKee

      Murder because Finn did it deliberately knowing the motorcycle was back there. Drivers do this all the time, but you’re not as likely to die in a car. It’s a stupid move at any time, but deadly for a motorcyclist.

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