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Troopers searching for hit-skip driver who struck, killed semi driver stopped along Ohio Turnpike

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Posted at 7:37 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 07:41:11-04

RILEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in identifying a hit-skip driver who struck and killed a driver outside of his vehicle in the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike on Thursday, according to the release.

A fatal crash was reported at 1:31 a.m. on Thursday near mile post 91 in Sandusky County.

An investigation at the scene of the crash revealed a commercial tractor-trailer was stopped in the right berm for an unknown reason, with hazard lights on. The driver of the truck was standing outside of it when another vehicle heading westbound left the roadway and struck the tractor-trailer and then the driver, who was considered a pedestrian at the time of the crash, according to the release.

The pedestrian was identified as Paul William Hurtienne, 53, of Burlington, Wisconsin. Prior to the crash, Hurtienne was operating a semi pulling an empty flatbed trailer.

The crash remains under investigation and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

State troopers need the public’s help trying to locate a white box truck that was seen stopped in the area of the crash, according to the release. It is unknown whether this truck was involved, but if it was, it may have significant damage along the right side of the truck.

If you have any information, call the Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-499-4808.