Harrisonburg Police Release Age of Victim Hit By Tractor Trailer

By: Karen Campbell Email
By: Karen Campbell Email

Harrisonburg police have released the age of the man who was hit and killed by a tractor trailer on Thursday at a truck stop.

We now now the man was 54 years old.

The release of his name is pending family notification.

It happened at the Travel Center on Route 11 near the I-81 interchange around 3 p.m.

Police say the man was hit when a driver of a truck owned by Navajo pulled up to one of the gas pumps.

It is still unclear exactly how it happened.

As the events of the day unfolded, some truck drivers are calling the area a death trap for pedestrians.

"These guys don't slow down at all," said John Banzhoff.

Banzhoff says when he parks his truck at the truck stop once a week, he watches out for speeder.

"It's three miles an hour coming through these fuel pumps. If you walk down that lot, you're taking your life into your own hands," he said.

Police say the man who was hit and killed could have been a hitch hiker.

Investigators say two trucks were in line at the pumps.

When the third truck - the Navajo - then pulled up to the pump, that's when police say the man was hit.

One driver who did not want to be identified said he heard someone yell 'Stop!' to alert the driver, but it was too late.

According to the Navajo website, the family owned business has been operating for more than 30 years.

The company also boasts safety.

Whether the driver who hit and killed the pedestrian put safety first - is still to be determined.

Police say they are still gathering information, and getting statements from witnesses.

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