Driver identified that was struck, killed while checking on motorist

Driver identified that was struck, killed while checking on motorist 

Authorities said a driver involved in a three-vehicle crash was killed when he got out of his car to check on another driver.

Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Jacob E. Hite, 23, of Wauseaon, Ohio, and a Honda CRV, driven by Stephanie Castle, 46, of Urbana, were southbound on U.S. 68 when Hite rear-ended Castle, according to a preliminary investigation.

Hite was struck and killed by a Honda Odyssey when he went to check on Castle. 

The Odyssey driver, Jason Lewis, 47, of West Liberty, was treated and released at a local hospital, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

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Roads were covered with snow at the time of the crash.

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The man died at the scene. The driver of the Odyssey was treated and released at a local hospital.

UPDATE @8:11 a.m.

Three cars are involved in a fatal crash in Champaign County.

The roads in the area are snow-covered, but officials have not said if weather was a factor in the crash.

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FIRST REPORT

At least one person has died in a crash on U.S. 68 north of Urbana Wednesday morning. 

Emergency crews were requested to the intersection of U.S. 68 at Ohio 296  north of Urbana around 7 a.m. on a reported multiple-vehicle crash. 

Dispatchers confirmed officials at the scene requested a coroner’s office investigator to respond. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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