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Man walking across U.S. in memory of son who committed suicide struck by truck, killed

Joe Bell (Still image from video) Joe Bell (Still image from video)

KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - An Oregon man who lost his gay son to suicide and was walking across the country to raise awareness about bullying is dead after being hit by a truck in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol says 48-year-old Joseph Bell of La Grande, Ore. died Wednesday after being struck along a two-lane highway in a rural area 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson. Investigators believe the driver fell asleep.

Bell's 15-year-old son, Jadin, died in February after hanging himself in a schoolyard. He had reported being bullied but he didn't leave a suicide note.

Bell began his walk in April and planned to finish on the Delaware coast. He walked through Ogden this summer.

The truck driver, 49-year-old Kenneth Raven, of Bryan, Texas, has been charged with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor.

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