Semi truck strikes, kills pedestrian in Clearfield on freeway

Thursday , August 21, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

CLEARFIELD — A man was struck and killed after authorities say he walked in front of a semi truck late Wednesday night.

A 23-year-old male stepped out in front of a semi headed north on Interstate 15 around 10 p.m., according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Dwayne Baird. The man, from Clearfield, was killed instantly.

The man walked into traffic from the shoulder of the road onto the freeway overpass crossing 700 South or State Road 193.

“There was no indication of any (personal) vehicle anywhere,” Baird told the Standard-Examiner, adding that there were no broken-down or abandoned vehicles in the area at the time of the accident.

Baird confirmed Thursday the fatality was the result of suicide. The Standard-Examiner is withholding the victim’s name. 

The man’s family members reportedly told investigators he has struggled with mental illness and may have been suicidal.

Investigation crews brought out large lights to illuminate the freeway, and traffic was restricted to one lane for several hours. 

The driver of the semi had no injuries. UHP continues to investigate the accident.

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