Shot in 2000 while delivering pizza in Alton

Last updated: May 15. 2014 5:21PM - 9976 Views
By Linda N. Weller lweller@civitasmedia.com



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ST. LOUIS — A man who survived being shot while delivering pizza to an Alton motel guest in 2000 died Monday from injuries he sustained in a Mother’s Day motorcycle crash.


Coincidentally, Richard “Rick” Wayne Rodden, 37, of the 4500 block of Alby Road in Godfrey, reportedly was returning home Sunday from the graveside service of a man who was killed in a motorcycle crash. Rodden was a member of the Back Door Men motorcycle club.


According to a report on the WJBD radio station website in Salem, Rodden and a passenger suffered serious injuries late Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle went out of control and laid down on the pavement near Aviston.


Thursday, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department had no one available to release a report or press release to the media.


The crash happened at 5:38 p.m. on westbound U.S. 50, west of Russland Road in Clinton County. An ambulance took Rodden and passenger Amanda Weishaupt, 29, of Shelbyville, to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. From there, air medical helicopters airlifted the victims to St. Louis University Hospital, where Rodden died.


Clinton County borders Madison County to the southeast.


Weishaupt’s condition was not available Thursday.


Rodden and Weishaupt had attended graveside services for Jeffrey Wayne Pride, 44, of South Roxana, that was held at Wagner Cemetery in Chancey.


Pride, a machine operator at Kraft Foods, died when an 18-wheeler truck pulled out in front of him at about 6 a.m. May 7 as he operated a motorcycle southbound on Missouri Avenue by Konzen Court in Granite City, south of West Pontoon Road and the Illinois Route 3 curve. The rig pulled out onto the road, making a left turn to head north on Missouri, onto Pride’s path. He died at the scene.


He was a member of the Bootlegger’s Motorcycle Club.


Rodden was wounded in a nationally-publicized shooting at the former Days Inn Motel, 1900 Homer Adams Parkway, on Feb. 6, 2000. He only just had started the job at Imo’s Pizza, and was delivering a “retake” pizza because the customer, a guest at the motel, claimed the first one was cold.


For unknown reasons, the man opened the motel room door and shot Rodden completely through his upper chest. He then fired a second bullet that lodged in Rodden’s shoulder.


Shooter Hoyt F. Ray, 58, was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 25 years in prison.


Rodden’s visitation will be held today at 4 p.m until 6 p.m., at time of the funeral service, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home, 1313 W. Delmar Ave., Godfrey.


Linda N. Weller may be reached at 618-208-6450 or on Twitter @Linda_Weller.

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