Suspect In Fatal I-70 Collision Brought To Geary Co. For Prosecution

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GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The truck driver identified as the suspect in a deadly hit-and-run on Interstate 70 is now in custody in Geary County to face charges in the fatal crash.

Rodney Leroy Stockstill Sr., 51, of St. Joseph Missouri, is being held in the Geary County Jail. He was transported to Geary County last week from Doniphan County, where he was arrested last month on drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Geary County authorities say Stockstill is the driver who struck a motorcyclist on I-70 and fled the scene, leaving the victim with fatal injuries.

Officials say Stockstill who was on his normal trucking route at the time of the crash.

He is alleged to have been driving the semi involved in the accident and to have left the scene of the crash that resulted in the death of an Ohio man who was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

On August 24, 2012 at 3 AM, Geary County deputies responded to I-70 mile post 310 west bound off-ramp to the rest area approximately 13 miles east of Junction City for a possible injury accident.

Dispatch stated that there was a man lying on the ground not moving next to a motorcycle. Passersby found the victim and called 911.

Officers arrived and found Bradey Weaver, 28, of Toledo, Ohio, suffering from serious head injuries. Weaver had been on a road trip to Las Vegas at the time of the deadly accident.

Weaver was rushed to the emergency room at Geary Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials later revealed that Weaver was killed in a hit-and-run and asked for the public's assistance gathering information on the case. The case remained under investigation for several months and in early November, Stockstill was named the suspect.

Weaver's motorcycle was struck from behind by Stockstill's 18-wheeler, according to Geary County authorities.

Stockstill is a truck driver who works for a company out of Doniphan County, Kansas and was traveling through Geary County on a route he took several times a week, officials said.

Paint transfer on the motorcycle was sent to the KBI for analysis but Geary County authorities remain tight-lipped on what evidence or information led them to charge Stockstill in the crash that claimed Weaver's life.

Rodney Stockstill Sr. is currently being held in the Geary County Jail on $50,000 bond. He will appear in court for a status hearing on December 13, 2012. Jail records indicate that he was booked on charges of Accident Involving a Death and Making a False Writing.