DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A man has died following an alleged road rage incident in Gloucester County last week.
Officials say Joseph Pirri, 32, of Blackwood was allegedly assaulted around 4:40 p.m. on Tanyard Road near the intersection of Mail Avenue in Deptford Township, New Jersey. He was pronounced dead at 6:59 p.m. Thursday at Cooper Medical Center in Camden.
The Gloucester County Medical Examiner’s autopsy concluded Pirri was murdered by someone who used a sharp instrument that struck Pirri in the face.
Officials say Pirri was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle and described him as the following: an adult black male, wearing a gray vest and jeans.
“Our family is not holding up very well. We’re kind of not really sure how to tell his four-year-old son,” said Sarah Morciglio, who is Pirri’s aunt.
Morciglio says Pirri leaves behind a wife, son and a stepdaughter.
“It broke my heart. I immediately cried for my nephew, having his father taken away at four years old. That’s just traumatizing for all of us,” she said.
Pirri’s family just wants closure.
“Catching this guy is extremely important to everyone. He’s out on the loss and the way that it was done was just vicious and uncalled for,” said Morciglio.
Police say the suspect was driving a white-over-tan Ford King Ranch truck with a crew cab. It was also equipped with a bed-mounted toolbox.
The truck was last seen traveling into Clayton Borough.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact GCPO Det. Warren Rivell at 609-685-7396 or Det. Rory Tipping of the Deptford PD at 856-462-1334.