New details on accused killer’s exposure charge

Posted: January 29, 2013

Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator and accused killer of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, was cited last year for exposing himself to a woman on the highway after he became enraged when the woman allegedly would not let him pass her, a state police trooper said.

Smith, who was arrested last week and charged with strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire, was driving his silver Nissan Pathfinder southbound on I-95 in Bensalem around 1 p.m. on March 16, according to court papers.

He attempted to pass a female driver, but believed that she kept speeding up when he tried. Smith became furious, then pulled up alongside her and lifted his midsection up out of his seat to expose himself while driving, said a state police source.

"We have this kind of thing on a daily basis when it comes to people not being able to pass other people," said the trooper, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the incident. "We have people tailgate, honk their horns, sometimes throw things. We don't normally have someone who does what Mr. Smith did."

The woman took note of Smith's license plate and called police. Several weeks later, state police tracked Smith down and spoke to him about the incident.

Smith admitted to exposing himself and explained that he had "road rage," the officer said. Smith later paid $289 in fines, records show.

Smith has told police he went to Ketunuti's home Jan. 21 to address a rodent problem she was having. He told police they got into an argument, triggering a rage that caused him to "snap." Smith is being held without bail.


Contact Allison Steele at 215-854-2641 or asteele@phillynews.com.

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