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Trying to Explain Why Yannarell Killed Himself

Route 422 road rage suspect committed suicide Thursday: police

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    Friends and authorities were searching for answers as to why John Yannarell, the man suspected in three separate road rage incidents including the shooting of a woman on Route 422 earlier this month, would have taken his own life.

    The 50-year-old engineer was found dead of an apparent suicide inside his Gilbertsville, Pa. home Thursday afternoon. It was the culmination of a multi-state manhunt that was launched after Yannarell failed to show up for court Thursday morning.

    Two suicide notes were left behind that could reveal some of Yannarell’s thoughts. One was addressed to prosecutors and the other to family members.

    Yannarell was found with a rifle and prescription pain killers (Oxycodone and Percocet) nearby but no official word was given on how he died. An autopsy was conducted Friday morning to officially determine the cause of death.

    "Guess He Couldn't Handle Going Back to Jail"

    [PHI] "Guess He Couldn't Handle Going Back to Jail"
    A friend and neighbor of alleged road rager John Yannarell tried to make sense of it all after the 50-year-old Gilbertsville man took his own life Thursday.
    (Published Friday, April 23, 2010)

    The contents of the letters weren't known but the road that lead Yannarell to take his own life has become clearer.

    Yannarell’s lawyer Saul Solomon tipped off his client Wednesday night that the engineer would be charged in two other recent road rage cases and that his bail would be increased when he appeared in district court for the original Route 422 shooting.

    “He felt like the poster boy for road rage,” said Solomon Thursday.

    Montco DA: Road Rage Suspect Had Problems

    [PHI] Montco DA: Road Rage Suspect Had Problems
    Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman explains that authorities needed to take precautions because John Yannarell had problems.
    (Published Friday, April 23, 2010)

    Prosecutors didn’t necessarily disagree with that distinction.

    “This guy is someone who will take a handgun who will take a handgun and fire it at an unarmed citizen without blinking twice,” said Assistant District Attorney John Gradel.

    Yannarell was previously described as a “hot head” by a neighbor so the road rage allegations weren’t too surprising. But no one could have seen this end coming.

    Suspect's Friend: I Told Him to Just Take It Easy

    [PHI] Suspect's Friend: I Told Him to Just Take It Easy
    John Yannarell's friend says he's devastated to hear the man took his own life. He says Yannarell was scared to go to prison.
    (Published Friday, April 23, 2010)

    Why would Yannarell take his own life? It possibly had something to do with how hard being behind bars was for him when he was held two weeks ago.

    “He was concerned about going to jail,” said friend W. Matthew Johns.

    “I guess he couldn’t handle going back to jail after the two days he spent in jail,” said neighbor/friend Robert Sammaritano.

    Lawyer: He Felt Like the Poster Child for Road Rage

    [PHI] Lawyer: He Felt Like the Poster Child for Road Rage
    John Yannarell's attorney says he had just talked to his client the night before his court appearance and was worried when he didn't show up in court Thursday.
    (Published Friday, April 23, 2010)

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