Trucker Run Over And Killed By Big Rig At Pilot Travel Center
UPDATE: Friday, May 3 @ 6:00 p.m. – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a trucker who was run over behind the Pilot truck stop on Route 46 in Austintown on Thursday.
Officials say 29-year-old Arman Meco, of Michigan, was struck by another semi, after Meco stepped out between two parked big rigs.
Police said a cell phone and headset were found near Meco’s body after the incident.
No charges have been filed at this time.
UPDATE: Friday, May 3 @ 6:15 a.m. – We are learning a bit of new information about the investigation into the death of a truck driver yesterday at a Pilot Travel Center along Route 46 near I-80 in Austintown, Ohio.
Authorities said the Canadian driver that fatally struck the victim, while he was walking through the truck lot, was not believed to be speeding in the moments leading up to the accident.
Captain Bryan Kloss with the Austintown Police Dept. told a reporter who was on the scene from local news outlet, vindy.com, that the victim was struck by the truck’s front-right corner and the driver of that truck never saw the man.
However, the Canadian driver was reportedly instructed by his company not to give a written statement to police until the company’s lawyers could get involved.
The Canadian driver did, however, provide a urine sample for a toxicology report.
The victim has been confirmed by authorities as a truck driver from Michigan.
Officials are expected to release his name at some point on Friday, May 3.
However, the latest information we have from investigators is they have not yet been able to reach the family of the deceased.
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Austintown, Ohio – Police are investigating the death of a truck driver after he was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer while walking in the truck lot at a Pilot Travel Center.
According to initial reports, the accident happened at approximately 9:20 a.m. Thursday at the Pilot Travel Center on Route 46 near I-80.
Investigators said a truck driver stepped out between two parked semis and was walking in the truck lot when he was struck and dragged by a semi-truck.
According to a report by local news outlet WKBN27, a mechanic in the nearby maintenance garage heard the victim yell out in agony and alerted police.
Authorities confirmed the trucker perished at the scene from his injuries.
Captain Bryan Kloss with the Austintown Police Dept. told WKBN27 the investigation is challenged due to the fact no one witnessed the accident even though it occurred in a busy truck lot.
“There were some headphones thrown from his hands or his head laying on the ground where the impact occurred,” Kloss told the news outlet.
“His cell phone was laying there, so we don’t know if he was talking on his cell phone or had his headphones on and didn’t hear or see the truck,” Kloss postulated.
The identities of those involved have not yet been released.
However, officials indicated the driver of the semi that struck the victim is from Canada and the deceased is from out-of-state.
Stay logged on to TransportationNation.com as we will be bringing you more on this story as soon as we get new information.
Find more from the scene below courtesy of WKBN27/YouTube.