But on Saturday evening, the engaged man was fatally stabbed in what police say was a road rage incident with an unknown suspect.
At about 7:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of northbound 291 Highway near the I-470 merger on a report of a man stumbling in traffic.
Police are investigating it as a homicide. Police are asking anyone traveling along I-470 Saturday night around 7:30 p.m., or anyone that may have seen the victim's truck heading north on 291 from 50-Highway to call Lee's Summit police at (816) 969-1705.
"Two cars are on the shoulder and [witnesses] saw two men outside those vehicles arguing in what appeared to be a disturbance or a fight", he said. Cody Harter, 24, was stabbed to death following a possible road-rage incident on a Missouri highway. Witnesses told police Harter and another driver got into an argument in traffic, and then Harter was stabbed in the chest.
Authorities believe the suspect fled 291 Highway after stabbing Harter. "My son drove 65mph because he was so frugal with his gas mileage", she added, speculating the incident arose because her son wasn't driving fast enough. It is not clear if witnesses provided any description of the suspect or his vehicle.
His family said good Samaritians pulled over, held his hand and prayed with him while they waited for the paramedics to get there.
"He was not just a number", she said.
"If you saw anything, even if you think it as nothing - please call", Harter's mother said. Let's find who did this senseless act, so that you're not sitting here when it's your child. "Is that a reason to take his life?" He knew kindness, and now we know pain and loss.
He had served deployment tours in Iraq and Qatar, and also helped in hurricane relief efforts in Houston and Puerto Rico.
Harter was in his final semester at Missouri Western State University and was about to graduate with a degree in engineering technology. Please call to put the pieces together.