LIBERTY TWP. — A man was struck and killed Tuesday night on Ohio 129 in Liberty Twp. after he got out of his vehicle to check on the load he was hauling.
Keith J. Turner, 25, of Dayton, died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, the Butler County Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday.
The crash happened about 9:45 p.m. between Cincinnati-Dayton and Princeton-Glendale roads after Turner pulled his vehicle to the right side of eastbound Ohio 129, according to Butler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Poff of the sheriff’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.
“He pulled off on the right side of the road. He was hauling something in the back and was checking to see if it was still there,” Poff said.
He was taken to UC Health-West Chester Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The preliminary investigation indicates Turner stepped into the lane of traffic and was hit. Poff said a female driver who hit Turner did stop.
“At the time time I don’t think she knew what she hit. I think she thought she hit the car,” he said, adding she stopped about a quarter-mile from the scene.
A distraught 911 caller told the dispatchers his friend, who was driving the vehicle, got thrown a distance into the roadway, but he thought he was still breathing.
“I see him moving somewhat,” the caller said. “I just don’t want my friend to die.”
The name of the other driver had not been released Wednesday afternoon
Eastbound Ohio 129 was shut down for about two hours, but there were several non-injury crashes in the westbound lanes, apparently involving drivers watching the eastbound crash scene as they drove past, Poff said.
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