Video shows Bob Edwards walk into traffic multiple times before death

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Video from the Ohio Department of Transportation reveals what happened moments before Rubber Duck Regatta founder Bob Edwards died in a crash on Interstate 71 earlier this month.

Edwards was struck and killed by a cement truck along I-71 on Oct. 16. Police said Edwards was driving in his Honda Accord when he pulled off onto the shoulder near Stewart Road.

According to ODOT Press Secretary Steve Faulkner, video shows that Edwards' right turn signal was on when he got out of the car and walked into a lane of traffic. He was narrowly missed by a FedEx truck.

Then, Faulkner says, Edwards went back to the shoulder and stood by the white line.

A few more vehicles passed and then he walked onto the highway again. That's when the cement truck tried to swerve and miss him. Unfortunately, the truck wasn't able to miss him, Faulkner says. Edwards was struck and killed.

This account of the video lines up with the story witnesses told at the scene--that he got out of his car and walked into traffic.

Edwards was reportedly heading from one meeting to another when the accident happened.

He has two sons and a wife, Sylvia, who described her husband as "amazing" when she spoke to FOX19 NOW.

"Bob lived and breathed "Duck" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," the Freestore Foodbank said on their Facebook page. "His time, his passion and his commitment for feeding children helped grow the Rubber Duck Regatta into our largest fundraising event."

A following statement from the family of Bob Edwards was released Thursday:

"We are so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support for Bob and our family.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and a dedicated servant of the community.

As we continue to search for answers, we mourn the loss of a caring man with a humble heart.

Thank you to all who have helped us honor Bob's legacy and celebrate his amazing life."

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the crash.

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