18-Wheeler Strikes, Kills Man Pushing Disabled Car on Shoulder


18-wheeler driving on highway

According to Fox 61, a man sustained fatal injuries after a semi-truck crashes into him while pushing his car on the interstate shoulder in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Saturday afternoon.

Officials Investigating Fatal Accident

Carlos Coyt-Orozco and his passenger David Espinoza pushed the vehicle on the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 95 at around 4:20 p.m. local time after it ran out of gas. Coyt-Orozco stood near the driver’s side door as he attempted to steer the vehicle as Espinoza pushed from behind.

Officials say the tractor-trailer driver drifted into the shoulder, striking and killing Coyt-Orozco, reports Fox 61. The semi driver, John Hoffman, says the sun glare blinded him as he took a curve in the interstate. Following the collision, Hoffman pulled over and cooperated with officials.

Coyt-Orozco received treatment at Westchester County Medical Center before succumbing to his injuries, according to Fox 61.

Information on Trucking Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 10 percent of the people killed in these accidents were nonoccupants, including pedestrians and pedalcyclists.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes in 2014.
  • In 2014, approximately 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks.

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