Family of road rage victim speaks out - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Family of road rage victim speaks out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He fought cancer, and died during a senseless crime. Now the family of the victim in a road rage shooting is speaking out about his death.

Danny Wilson's family says he was a cancer survivor and checked on his mother every day.

"He fought so hard to be alive through cancer and something stupid like this and he's gone," said Christy Wilson, Danny Wilson's daughter.

His family says he was on his way to visit his mother when he was shot and killed on Poplar Level Road on June 21. They believe he pulled into a Chase Bank parking lot to avoid bringing the altercation to his mom's house, two doors down.

"I got a news alert on my phone, and I don't know, I just felt sick to my stomach because it was right behind her house," Wilson said.

"It stemmed from road rage, I think," said Wilson. "I think the guy might have thought daddy got over funny or something and somehow that man got irritated enough with my father to follow him off that expressway," said Wilson.

Donald Hayes was charged with the murder but released less than 24 hours later on a $10,000 bond.

James Swan, a customer of Hayes, said, "This is very shocking because he doesn't seem like that type of guy, I thought he was a Christian guy so that's very shocking."

Hayes sold hot dogs across from the jail where he was booked.

"He should not be walking free on a $10,000 bond before my father's body is even released," Wilson said. "We didn't even have him yet and this man's at home."

Police say Wilson was found with a bat between his legs. His family tells us the 57-year old carried a night stick in his car for protection after he was mugged two weeks earlier.

"Road rage in general has got to stop, it's bad," Wilson said. "I mean this is serious."

Wilson's family also said the two men did not know each other, and this could have been avoided.

"I'm gonna do whatever I can to make sure this guy gets what he deserves, justice," said Leona Wolfe, Wilson's mother. "I don't know what he did to deserve to get shot in the face."

Hayes was scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning.

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