Authorities have identified a moped rider who was killed in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 West in Huntington County on Monday morning.
Earl Harris, 56, of Urbana, was killed after being struck once by the driver of a Jeep and a second time by a tractor-trailer rig that rear-ended the Jeep before striking Harris lying in the road, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department said.
Harris was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt-force trauma, according to police.
The crash occurred just after 6 a.m., police said.
A Jeep driven by Linda K. Moore, 62, of Lagro was traveling east on U.S. 24 when the moped traveling on County Road 750 West came into her path at the intersection. The collision sent Harris into the driving lane of the highway. Moore pulled the Jeep over and went to check on Harris, according to police.
She had just returned to her Jeep when a tractor-trailer rig driven by David Rose, 52, of Fowlerville, Mich., struck the left rear of the Jeep and then struck the moped and Harris, who was still lying in the road, police said.
The moped became entangled beneath the truck’s undercarriage, causing the truck to catch fire, police said. The truck rig came to rest in the passing lane of U.S. 24 West, according to police.
The crash remains under investigation, police said.