The victim has been identified as Bryan C. Erp, from Somerset. Investigators say he lost control of his truck and crashed into another vehicle, nearly hitting another man, Clarence Heath.
Mr. Heath likes to walk alongside busy U.S. Hwy 27 in southern Pulaski county...but Thursday night...that daily trek almost cost him his life.
“I just glanced back and saw both of those vehicles coming at me,” said Heath.
Heath says he had just gotten out of a truck that his son was driving..when another northbound truck collided with it.
“I didn't get 20 feet away from him...I had to run..keep from getting run over...Yeah, I had to run. That one truck was in the air..when it came by me,” said Heath.
Police are still investigating what caused Erp, who was pronounced dead at the scene, to collide with the other one, but they say both vehicles were heading north. It's possible the driver had a medical issue.
“There had been some calls...earlier that this vehicle was reckless driving and so on, witnesses say they had seen him at the county line, head over the steering wheel,” said Pulaski County Coroner Richard New.
Heath's son's injuries were not life threatening and he has been treated and released.
A tragedy that one person was killed, but there's agreement here, Mr. Heath is one lucky man.