HUBBARD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the driver who they say hit and killed a man on the side of Interstate 80 in Hubbard Township on Wednesday morning.
The driver, a 37-year-old man from North Collins, New York, has not been charged yet. Investigators say he was driving a 2016 Volvo VNL commercial tractor-trailer and was traveling in the right lane of I-80 eastbound when the truck struck and killed 28-year-old Tyler Estep, of Masury.
Investigators say the driver was identified from evidence collected at the scene and assistance from the public.
“With limited evidence we had on scene, our troopers and investigators were able to develop some leads in addition to some information we received from the public,” said Sgt. Ray Santiago.
Estep’s body was found near the 232-mile marker at I-80, not far from the Seifert-Lewis Road overpass. The call first came in around 7 a.m. about a car along I-80, and the body was later found.
Troopers say Estep was driving a maroon 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when his vehicle ran out of gas. It is believed that Estep was hit while he was filling the vehicle’s tank.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the investigation is ongoing, and charges may be pending. They say the truck company and driver are very cooperative.
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Brian Oehlbeck contributed to this report.