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Motorist Killed While Changing Flat Tire on Louisville Highway

Published on May 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm in Auto Accident.

A stranded Louisville driver lost his life recently when he was struck by an SUV on the side of the Gene Snyder Freeway, according to a news report from WAVE Channel 3. The driver was changing a flat tire on his car when an SUV driving down the freeway hit him.

The accident occurred around 10:30 at night, after darkness had fallen. The man’s car had a flat tire on the passenger side of the car, and he had pulled over to the left side of the Gene Snyder Freeway near Preston Highway, leaving the right side of the car exposed to traffic. He was working on the tire with his back to traffic when the SUV struck him. The SUV’s driver told investigators that he could not see the disabled car or the man changing the tire, and so he did not realize what had happened until after the accident occurred.

Police are still investigating the Louisville car accident, but they say that the SUV driver will likely not face criminal charges. The accident was not a hit-and-run, as the SUV driver stopped at the scene when he realized he had hit someone.

Drivers who have to pull over to the side of a freeway in an emergency always face the risk of being hit by another car, particularly since cars often travel at high speeds on the freeway. Leaving the car’s hazard lights on or marking its presence with road flares can help other drivers see and avoid the car or people nearby. Some accidents, however, as a Louisville car accident attorney wants citizens to be aware of, are caused by another driver’s negligence and cannot be prevented by even the most careful owners of a disabled vehicle.

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