HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department say a vehicle struck a pedestrian early Thursday morning, killing the man who had just exited his truck moments before he was hit.
Capt. Robert Harris, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, said their office received word at approximately 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 to come to the area of County Roads 400W and 300N for reports of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian.
The crash was located at 4412 W. 300N, in front of the Amazon warehouse.
Deputies arrived on scene and immediately called for the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (F.A.C.Team) to respond because of the severity of the crash, Harris said in the release.
The crash involved a 2020 Kenworth service truck that struck the male pedestrian, Harvail Singh Dhillon, 66, Indianapolis. Dhillon, officials said, had been driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on County Road West 300N. Dhillon however parked the tractor-trailer in the two-way turn lane in front of the Amazon warehouse.
“The two-way turn lane is in the middle of the road, surrounded by travel lanes on either side,” Harris said.
Dhillon then exited the truck, apparently to walk toward the Amazon warehouse. Immediately after exiting the tractor-trailer, Dhillon, now a pedestrian, was struck by the westbound Kenworth commercial service truck.
Dhillon was pronounced dead at the scene, Harris said.
The driver of the Kenworth service truck was identified as William McPherson, 53, Alexandria. McPherson is cooperating with investigators and voluntarily submitted to a blood draw as a part of the investigation.
Harris noted at this time speed, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors. The investigation is however ongoing.
The crash occurred while the sky was still dark, before sunrise, Harris said.
“There are no streetlights in the area of the crash and the pedestrian was not wearing any reflective material,” Harris said.
County Road West 300N was closed for a about 1 1⁄2 hours while officers from the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team investigated. Members of the multi-jurisdictional Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team investigated with the assistance of the Hancock County Coroner’s Office and the Buck Creek Township Fire Department.