Police: Man hit by semi was not walking on I-71/75

KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Investigators are piecing together the events leading up to a man's death on southbound Interstate 71/75 Friday morning.

Initially, police said Brian Wallace, 31, wound up walking on the highway after his Suzuki XL7 rear-ended another vehicle near the Kyles Lane overpass.

Wallace was likely walking to find help for his wrecked vehicle when he was hit by a semi tractor-trailer, police said Friday.

But by Monday, investigators concluded that Wallace was not walking on the highway and, instead, had been thrown from his vehicle.

"After further investigation, including additional witness interviews and scene analysis, it has now been concluded that as a result of the collision, Mr. Wallace was ejected from his vehicle and into the lanes of southbound Interstate 75," Kenton County Police Sgt. Chris Haddle wrote in a press release Monday.

After hitting a Toyota RAV4, Wallace's vehicle struck a guardrail, which "caused Mr. Wallace to be ejected from his vehicle and ultimately come to rest in the travel lanes of the interstate," police said.

The impact of the Volvo tractor-trailer instantly killed Wallace, who was hit a second time, by a southbound Honda Odyssey that was then rear-ended by a Toyota Corolla, according to police.

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The semi kept going. Police are not sure if the driver knew whether he or she hit Wallace.

The drivers and occupants of the Odyssey and Corolla were not hurt or at fault, Haddle said. They are cooperating with police.

Kenton County police's Serious Accident Traffic Reconstruction (STAR) Unit is continuing to investigate the collision and seek witnesses and video of the incident if it exists.

Any witnesses are asked to call Sgt. Haddle: 859-392-1943.

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