GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A Nebraska man was struck and killed by an Oklahoma deputy sheriff early Saturday as the man searched for items that had fallen from his pickup truck into an interstate median, authorities said.
Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens told The Oklahoman that the deputy was responding to a report of a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Guthrie when he struck the pedestrian about 12:30 a.m.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report on the crash said that Danny Lundy, 46, of Nemahah, Neb., had crossed the interstate in search of an item that had fallen from his pickup truck when he was struck by the patrol car driven by Deputy Mark Hanneman, 48, of Edmond.
Stephens said that Lundy was helping relatives move from Kingfisher and was driving back to Nebraska when moving supplies fell from the back of his pickup. Stephens said another person was driving the truck south in the interstate median, using its headlights to help in the search for the fallen items, and that Hanneman did not see Lundy because of the truck's headlights shining in his eyes.
Hanneman suffered a broken collarbone and ribs in the crash and had glass fragments in his face and eyes and was taken to a hospital in fair condition