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Pedestrian hit by Stafford fire truck identified

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Police have identified the pedestrian who died after being hit by a Stafford County fire truck Friday night on U.S. 17.

John Whitehurst, 69, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was not using a crosswalk when he was struck in the 500 block of Warrenton Road, Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said in a news release Monday.

Whitehurst was in a darkened area of the six-lane highway, police said after finishing the weekend investigation.

The fire truck driver tried to avoid Whitehurst. The crew was responding to an emergency call around 8:40 p.m. for an accident on Interstate 95, and had its lights and sirens on. Investigators have cleared the driver of any wrongdoing, and said he won’t be identified, Kennedy said in the release.

After being hit, Whitehurst died at a local hospital as a result of the injuries.

Police interviewed witnesses as part of the investigation. The incident occurred on U.S. 17 near Sanford Drive and South Gateway Drive, which goes to the Carter’s Crossing shopping center.

Why Whitehurst was crossing the road is unclear, according to the news release.

An autopsy has been completed, and police are waiting for results of a toxicology report.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975


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