Lemont man guilty of murder for road-rage punch
February 4, 2014 11:34AM
Christopher M. Yeoman
Updated: February 4, 2014 7:32PM
A Lemont man faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder for punching a 63-year-old motorist in the head during a road-rage incident in 2011.
A Will County jury on Monday night convicted Christopher Yeoman, 41, of murder, aggravated battery to a senior citizen and aggravated battery, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 4.
Yeoman, his wife and three children were in a minivan behind a car driven by Frank Egas on June 2, 2011 at a stoplight at New Avenue and Romeo Road in Romeoville, and when Egas didn’t go when a right-turn arrow turned green, Yeoman honked his horn and Egas allegedly made an obscene gesture at him, according to Romeoville police.
Yeoman followed Egas and both stopped near 135th Street and Illinois 53, got out of their vehicles, and Yeoman rushed toward Egas and struck him in the head, knocking him down and causing his head to hit the pavement, trial evidence showed. Yeoman then left in the minivan driven by his wife.
Egas died several months later of severe brain injuries, and his death was ruled a homicide.
Yeoman and his wife testified that he honked at Egas while he was stopped at the light, and Egas later swerved a few times to prevent them from passing.
Yeoman told jurors that he punched Egas in self-defense, but witnesses said Egas was standing by his car and was not aggressive when Yeoman ran toward him and punched him.
“Christopher Yeoman sucker-punched Mr. Egas out of sheer anger, and now a senior citizen is dead, the victim of irrational violence,” State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a statement. “ ... This was a murder resulting from a senseless incident of road rage and not a case of self-defense.”
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