State Police have identified an Orwigsburg man as the victim of a homicide during a road rage incident on Route 61 in West Brunswick Twp. Monday afternoon.
At a press briefing this evening, police revealed that 38-year-old George Marcincin was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, near the intersection of the highway and Brick Hill Rd.
The suspect, Tamir Whitted, of Pottsville, fled the scene in a four-door, silver Honda Accord. Orwigsburg Police were able to pull over a vehicle matching that description but the driver initiated a short pursuit that ended along Route 61, between Holly Rd. and Chestnut Ridge Dr.
Police were able to take the driver into custody just a few minutes after the incident. He was transported to the PSP-Schuylkill Haven barracks for questioning. He’s expected to be arraigned later Monday night.
Orwigsburg Man Killed in Route 61 Road Rage Incident
Police say they initially responded to that scene at about 2 p.m. for a reported stabbing.
Following an initial investigation, police concluded the altercation that happened between Marcincin and the suspect in custody was a road rage incident. They say both drivers were heading south on the highway. Marcincin was in a red Dodge Ram pickup and the suspect drove the Accord.
PSP Public Information Office David Beohm suggested that each driver was “gesturing” with their vehicles prior to getting out and confronting each other.
At some point, both drivers did get out of their vehicles and started fighting. The suspect pulled a knife on Marcincin and stabbed him multiple times, police say. It’s not clear yet who started the fight.
“It happens everywhere. Road rage turns into homicide,” Beohm said.
Police are currently working on piecing together details from the incident.
At a press conference Monday evening, Beohm asked the public to come forward with any information they might have that could help in their investigation.
“Even if it’s something really little, call us and we’ll decide if it’s significant or not,” he said. “There’s a lot of traffic on 61 at 2 in the afternoon. There’s probably a dozen other people that saw this.”
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