Man crossing I-5 hit, killed by state trooper

Man crossing I-5 hit, killed by state trooper

Credit: Washington State Patrol

A pedestrian crossing Interstate 5 was struck and killed by a Washington State Patrol car in Mount Vernon, Wash., August 14, 2012.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 7:04 AM

A man crossing Interstate 5 on foot was hit and killed by a Washington State Trooper Tuesday night in Mount Vernon.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. at the southbound exit to College Way.

State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary said two troopers who were following each other in their marked patrol cars were exiting at College Way when the victim crossed in front of the first trooper.

The unidentified victim died at the scene. Nobody else was hurt.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at 360-654-1204.

Before the crash, the troopers were preparing to set up northbound I-5 to watch for a vehicle that was involved in what was described as a weapons brandishing incident. Troopers received a report that a motorist showed a rifle to another motorist on or near I-5 at Starbird Road near the Snohomish-Skagit County Line. The vehicle involved was not located and nobody was hurt.

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