A deadly road rage incident led to the fatal shooting of Julie Eberly, a 47-year-old mother of six who was riding in the passenger seat of her car alongside her husband on March 25. On Thursday, the man behind the gun was tracked down by investigators and arrested.
The man who engaged in the fatal road rage was 29-year-old Dejywan R. Floyd. According to Julie’s husband, Ryan Eberly, the incident happened after he accidentally forced another driver off of the road while driving down Interstate 95 in Lumberton.
“I changed lanes and a car was coming behind me,” Ryan said. “I didn’t see that he was going around me and I pushed him into the shoulder mistakenly. As soon as I was able, I gave him room to get back on the highway. No car contact, no nothing. I saw in my mirror that he was passing us to the right and gunshots were fired, our car was hit. My wife yelled my name. I asked if she was hit and she said, ‘Yes.'”
Julie was rushed to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Before the road rage occurred, the couple had been on their way to a resort to celebrate their seventh anniversary.
On Monday, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had identified the shooter’s vehicle from surveillance footage of the highway. Sheriff Bunis Wilkins reported that road rage cases are typically difficult to solve, especially if the driver does not live within the immediate area. However, with the help of several witnesses and local businesses that came forward to help find the shooter, police traced the silver, four-door Chevrolet Malibu to Floyd who was living in Lumberton, North Carolina. The arrest came just hours before Julie’s funeral.
Floyd has been charged with first-degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property. He is currently being held in Robeson County Detention Center without bond.