New Philadelphia, Ohio - Police aren’t yet releasing the name of a New Philadelphia man who died after being struck by a truck on Tuscarawas Avenue Friday evening.
New Philadelphia Police Sgt. David Morris says they received a call on January 4th around 6:21 p.m. about a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Ray and Tuscarawas avenues on the northwest side of the city. He says they responded to the scene and found a 1-ton GMC pickup truck and an unconscious 54-year-old male laying in the southbound lane.
“Obviously, we had already called for the squad. He was in really bad condition. We closed the entire roadway and just began marking areas of interest that we knew we were going to need for our investigation,” he says.
Morris says the pedestrian was transported to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival. He says they can’t release the man’s name at this point because they’re still working to track down his next of kin.
"As of last night, we had found distant family, and they were helping us to contact actual next of kin," he says.
Morris says the truck was being driven by a 61-year-old Dover man whose name is also not being released at this time. He says an accident reconstructionist from the state Highway Patrol was called to the scene to assist with the investigation and determined that the man had not been speeding when the accident occurred.
Morris says the incident is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this point. He says once the autopsy results come back, they’ll compile their report and send it to the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor for review.