Coroner IDs pedestrian hit, killed by semi on I-70 in Clay Twp.

A Preble County man died early Saturday after he was hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Clay Twp. near Brookville.

Joshuwa Coty Lawson, 30, of Gratis, was identified Wednesday afternoon by Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger as the victim pronounced dead at the scene on I-70 West at the 18 mile marker.

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The Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call at 12:05 a.m. that a pedestrian was struck on the highway.

The man, later identified as Lawson, got out of a pickup truck stopped on the right shoulder of the highway and was in the roadway when he was struck by a 2019 Freightliner, the patrol stated.

The pickup truck had run out of gas and became disabled, troopers said.

The interstate was closed until shortly after 3 a.m. following the crash, which remains under investigation.

The Clay Twp. Police Department, Preble County Sheriff’s Office and Brookville Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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