Sunday, June 09, 2002

Hitchhiker run over by truck

By Steve Eder,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILDER — A hitchhiker who was struck and killed Friday evening by a truck that had given him a lift has been identified by police as Jeffrey L. Lockhart, 18, of Maysville.

        Mr. Lockhart was killed at a truck stop shortly after leaving the semitrailer, police said. He was pinned between a guardrail and the truck.

        Wilder Police Sgt. Andrew Williams said the truck's back tires rolled over the man without the driver knowing. Mr. Lockhart's death is considered an accident, police said. No charges are pending.

        The names of the driver and the trucking company, which is based in Akron, were not released by police.

        “(The driver) probably didn't even feel it,” Sgt. Williams said. “It just happened to be where he stopped. He pulled away, and the tail end pinned the gentleman.”

        Mr. Lockhart's body was found outside a Shell station on Gloria Terrell Drive in Wilder. Mr. Lockhart had a large backpack, which may have contributed to his inability to get out of the truck's path, police said.


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