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Front Royal man killed by tractor-trailer

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A Front Royal man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer early Sunday morning on U.S. 50 in Clarke County, according to state police.

Kevin Robert Hughes, 34, died at the scene, state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler said Monday evening.

He said Hughes had walked into the center of U.S. 50 about a half mile east of Va. 665 at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

A 2007 Freightliner tractor trailer was heading west on U.S. 50 when Hughes walked in front of it, Tyler said.

He said Trooper D.R. Ayers investigated the incident, and alcohol appeared to be a factor in Hughes' actions.

Speed wasn't a factor, and it appears the tractor-trailer driver didn't commit any violations, Tyler said.


He may have been drinking hours earlier, but Alcohol was not a factor. What is a factor is that there is no shoulder on that road for pedestrians to use, leaving them no choice but to walk on the unlit road in a rural area, that has a 55MPH speed limit. Ive seen the scene, the skidmarks start 100yds from impact, indicating Kevin did not just step out in front of the truck. I also know that Kevin was on his cell phone with his girlfriend at the time of the accident, who was on her way to pick him up, and he was caught unaware by the truck barrelling down on him. I would also point out that the approach to the site is one of the more straight and level approaches in the area. Why wasn't he spotted earlier? Why couldn't the driver stop? Shouldn't you always be in control of your vehicle? Theres no trees or cars or other objects on that stretch of highway for him to have suddenly jumped out from. There's two lanes, why didnt the truck driver move to the other lane to avoid possible contact? I wish the reporters would do a bit more digging before pithily dismissing this as as the act of a drunken or suicidal person.

Sounds like you are just trying to protect a friend and aren't looking at the facts.
Alcohol was a factor. He was walking in the middle of the road. How do 'YOU' know for sure that he didn't walk out in front of the truck, even if it was 100 yds. away? At 55mph, the truck was moving about 100ft/sec or had about 3 sec to stop before he were to hit him. And you expected him to stop a truck within 3 seconds at night? What was your friend wearing? Maybe that made him be unable to be seen. You state he was on the phone. Obviously, he wasn't paying attention to what was going on down the road.

I was on the scene of the accident. I'm very sorry for family and friends on their loss. Alcohol was a factor in the accident. The driver of the tractor trailer was not at fault. It was 2.30 in the morning and Kevin was wearing dark clothing in an unlit section of route 50. The driver tried to avoid him but tractor trailers are not known for their manouverability. The driver was extremely shook up over the incident. I heard that Kevin had young children and I feel for them. It's very sad.

If the skidmarks start 100 yds back, as you say, it sounds like the driver did see him, and was trying to stop. And being on a cell phone in the road, well that's just not smart, and may be the reason he didn't hear the truck "barrelling down on him." I feel terribly for the entire family, and may God rest his soul and give his family and children peace. And I'm sorry for your loss as well, because this is obviously someone you cared deeply about. I just hate to see blame pointed at the truck driver in this case, because it appears he really did try to stop.

A classic case of E over I. Emotion over intellect. Anytime one lets their feelings get in the way of a rational thought process chances are higher of one being wrong. The truck driver did nothing wrong. Sounds like Mr. Hughes bad decisions will affect many for the rest of their lives. I feel for the trucker and the victims family.

Blaming anyone at this time is a waste of energy. It is natural to try to find the reason this horrible accident happened, but the reality is that Kevin is gone and his boys will never see him again. Please support the family instead of being angry. There is a young mom with his two beautiful baby boys that needs all our support now. Please keep them in your prayers and offer help if you can.

Blaming the truck driver is just a way to make everyone who new Mr. Hughes feel better. It is a shame at what happened but the real question should be "WHY WAS HE IN THE ROAD". There is no report of his car being broke down, there are no houses near the scene, so why was he there.

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