Was Man Killed On Turnpike Running Or Getting Out Of The Way?

By: Nick Viviani/Melissa Brunner/Carissa Fox
By: Nick Viviani/Melissa Brunner/Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Turnpike Authority has identified the man who was killed while walking along the highway Friday.

Twenty-one year-old Adrian Trotter of Topeka was walking on I-335 Friday night when he was hit by a semi and killed.

Kansas Turnpike Authorities say the situation began unfolding just after 6:30 pm when the vehicle Trotter was driving struck the median wall about 10 miles south of the South Topeka toll plaza.

Witnesses told Kansas Highway Patrol investigators Trotter and his passenger, 31 year-old Joshua Rogers, got out of the vehicle and ran.

Two vehicles then hit vehicles struck the unoccupied car. Trotter then reportedly stepped out into northbound traffic and was struck and killed by a trailer tractor rig.

Authorities found Rogers around 8:00 a.m. the next morning walking along the turnpike not far from the crash scene. He was questioned and released.

Officials are trying to determine if the Trotter and Rogers were fleeing or trying to get out harm's way.

The Osage Co. Sheriff's Office assisted in the search, because a driver reportedly spotted the person walking along the road in Osage Co. later in the night.

Bell says a total of five vehicles were involved in the situation. One other person suffered a minor injury in the initial accident.

All lanes on both sides of the Turnpike were shut down for a short time as crews first responded to the scene. Southbound lanes of the Turnpike were reopened just before 8:30 pm Friday, but one northbound lane remained closed while authorities continued investigating.

Emergency crews from KTA, the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office, and Auburn Police and Fire all responded to the scene. Life Star also was called.


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