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Man walking across country to remember son killed in Eastern Colorado crash

7:59 PM, Oct 10, 2013   |    comments
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CHEYENNE COUNTY - An Oregon man walking from coast to coast to raise awareness of bullying after his gay son took his own life was struck and killed by a semi-tractor Wednesday night in eastern Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the collision that occurred on US 40 at mile marker 126, which is about 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson.

The pedestrian has been identified as 48-year-old Joe Bell, of La Grande, Oregon. Bell was struck and killed while walking eastbound on the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

READ: Pedestrian struck, killed by semi near Kit Carson

Bell was walking coast to coast to educate the country about the lasting effects of bullying. Bell's mission is called "Joe's Walk for Change." He was scheduled to talk with youth at the Methodist Church in Hugo, Colo., Wednesday night.

Bell's 15-year-old son, Jadin, died in February after hanging himself in a schoolyard. He had reported being bullied but he didn't leave a suicide note.

Bell began his walk in April and planned to finish on the Delaware coast.

The driver of the semi-tractor was identified as Kenneth Raven, 49, of Bryan, Texas. Raven was not injured in the crash. He was cited with careless driving resulting in death. The Colorado State Patrol believes driving while sleeping contributed to the crash.

For more information about Bell's cause, visit the organization's website: http://bit.ly/1g39DIL.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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