GENOA, OH (WOIO) - The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash involving a semi-tractor and a pedestrian that occurred on State Route 51 near the Wood-Ottawa County Line, north of Genoa.
The incident happened at 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, September 28.
According to troopers, 60-year-old Floyd C. Cockefair of Whitehouse, OH, was operating a 2009 Volvo semi-tractor southbound on State Route 51 when Quincy Latrell Thomas, 38, of Toledo, OH, stepped into the path of the semi-tractor. The semi-tractor was registered to Motor Carrier Service LLC and didn't have the trailer attached.
It is reported that Thomas had been walking along State Route 51, dressed in dark clothing and due to poor visibility, caused by heavy fog, was not seen by Cockefair.
Thomas sustained the fatal injuries when the right front corner of the semi-tractor struck him. He was found lifeless in the grass off the west side of the roadway. Dr. Daniel Cadigan with the Ottawa County Coroner's Office pronounced Thomas dead at the scene. An autopsy is pending with the Lucas County Coroner's Office.
Cockefair was wearing a seat belt and shoulder harness at the time of the crash and was uninjured.
The crash remains under investigation and troopers say alcohol is not considered a contributing factor with either male. No citations have been issued.
The Sandusky Post Ohio Highway Patrol was assisted by the Allen-Clay Fire and EMS Station 31, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Unit, Commercial Motor Carrie Inspection Unit and the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.