Police: Man Hit By Three Vehicles Along I-75

Police in Madison County are trying to figure out how a man was hit by three vehicles along I-75.

Emergency crews responded to the southbound lanes near Berea just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Madison County coroner tells 27 NEWSFIRST the victim is 24-year-old Jerry Whitaker II from Clay County.

Police say Whitaker was pulled over in the emergency lane with a flat tire. Police say he was out in the roadway, trying to flag down some help.

Whitaker was hit first by a car that knocked him to the ground. Police say after that, he was hit by a UPS tractor trailer and an SUV pulling a camper.

Police say the driver of the SUV did not stop and has not been found.

Whitaker was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Berea where he was pronounced dead. The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma.

Relatives say Whitaker was on his way back home from a funeral in Indiana.

Whitaker leaves behind a wife, who is legally blind, and a three-year-old son.

Family members say Whitaker was a good man, who worked double shifts at Shaker's Pizza to make ends meet.

Police believe Whitaker had been drinking at the time of the accident, but it will take several weeks for toxicology reports to confirm that.

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