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Bryan Truck Driver Cited In Crash That Killed Man Walking Coast To Coast For Dead Son


BRYAN, Texas A Bryan truck driver has been cited for causing a fatal crash that killed an Oregon man who had gained national attention.

Joe Bell died last Wednesday in Colorado as he was walking coast to coast to raise awareness against bullying after losing his own son.

News 3 has the latest on the accident investigation and how Joe was fighting for change.

A walk for change came to a tragic end for 48-year-old Joe Bell in Cheyenne County, Colorado.

He was walking from Oregon to New York to take a stand against bullying.

His 15 year-old son, Jadin, took his own life after being bullied in school for being gay.

News 3 spoke with Bell's friend, Bob Quick, who was bicycling coast-to-coast to raise money for charity this past week.

"We put something already on I believe. I called my web guy and asked him to. I have a video I'm going to send to his family. It's a very sad day, that was one heck of a man out there. That's it. Yeah," said Quick.

The Colorado State Patrol believes a Bryan man, 49-year-old Kenneth Raven, fell asleep at the wheel of an 18-wheeler when he struck Bell who was walking on the shoulder of a highway outside of Kit Carson, Colorado last Wednesday afternoon.

Raven was cited for careless driving resulting in death.

He is a driver for Bryan-based Farold, Incorporated and was not injured.

Farold Owner Greg Cupit says he doesn't believe his driver fell asleep at the wheel, and that they are waiting for the accident report to come in before they comment further.

Company employees also told us they were devastated.

Sunday evening, dozens gathered at a memorial service for Joe Bell in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Amy Maple was a former co-worker.

"He was powerful, really powerful," said Amy Maple.

"I knew immediately that we were never going to stop working with him, we just that we were going to be with him until the end, if we could," she said.

Work that continues now in memory of a father and son.

Joe's Walk For Change has more than 13,000 likes on Facebook.

His family also founded a non-profit organization called Faces For Change to help combat bullying.


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