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Carthage man shot and killed in I-70 road rage incident; arrest made

An arrest has been made in a road rage shooting incident that resulted in the death of a Carthage man.


Indiana State Police say an adult male, who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on I-70, is deceased after being shot on Monday by a person in box truck.


Just after 5:00 pm Monday, troopers from the Indianapolis District were called to the scene of a shooting that occurred on I-70 eastbound near Post Road. 911 dispatchers received information that the victim was being driven from the scene of the shooting to a medical facility near I-70 and Mt. Comfort Road in Hancock County. Medical personnel from the facility came outside and attempted life saving measures on the victim, unfortunately the male was pronounced deceased a short time after arrival.


The victim was identified as Eli Hickerson, 30, of Carthage.


Preliminary investigation by state police detectives has determined the victim was a passenger in a Ford Focus that was traveling eastbound on I-70 near Post Road. Shots were allegedly fired by the driver of a white box truck at the Ford Focus, striking Hickerson at least one time. It is believed this began as a road rage incident.


Detectives worked throughout the night following several leads. On Tuesday morning, detectives arrested Dion Kimbrough, 22, of Indianapolis, and served several subsequent search warrants related to this crime. At the time of the arrest Kimbrough was wearing a GPS monitoring device on his ankle and prior to being booked into the Marion County Jail a felony arrest warrant was discovered for an unrelated crime.. He is being held in the Marion County Jail on the probable cause charges of murder and possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon.


Indiana State Police Indianapolis District Commander, Lieutenant Josh Watson, said, "This arrest is a result of an extraordinary effort by our detectives, troopers and other assisting police agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night. They diligently investigated the crime scene, gathered intelligence information and followed each lead meticulously, resulting in the arrest of the person we believe is responsible for this senseless act."


This case is the 37th interstate shooting that troopers and detectives from the Indianapolis District have investigated so far in 2022. 65 interstate shootings were investigated by ISP in the Indianapolis area in 2021.