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Suspected road rage in southern Ill. draws charges

September 24, 2013

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man is free on bond after being accused of hospitalizing a teenager in what authorities describe as a case of road rage.

WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1b9caPk ) reports Williamson County prosecutors have charged 39-year-old John Proz with aggravated battery in connection with Saturday’s confrontation with 16-year-old Charles Koehling.

Proz says he was driving near a McDonald’s when a pickup truck occupied by two men sped away from the drive-through area and nearly hit his car. Proz says he was with his girlfriend and his two children.

Koehling says that’s not what happened, and says he came to a complete stop when leaving the McDonald’s.

But police say Proz followed Koehling and eventually caught up to him, then repeatedly punched him.

Proz’s next court appearance is Sept. 30.


Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com

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