Myron Hallett dies in accident 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Police are still investigating the accidental death of a Morenci native in southwest Ohio.

A story in the Palladium-Item newspaper in Richmond, Ind., reports that police are awaiting autopsy results in an effort to determine the events leading to the death of Myron Hallett, 59, of Fayette, at a truck stop south of Interstate 70 in Preble County.

An emergency call was received at 9:47 p.m. Thursday about a man lying in the parking lot used by semi-tractor trailers at the Travel Centers of America truck stop, U.S. 127 North off Exit 10 of Interstate 70.

Preble County sheriff Mike Simpson stated that a video record from a restaurant inside the truck stop shows that Hallett purchased food there four minutes before the call came in.

Simpson said Hallett was hit by at least one truck, but since there was no video camera in the parking lot nor any witnesses, it’s not known if Hallett was walking or already on the ground when he was struck.

Deputies found a truck on the lot with evidence indicating it struck Hallett, but Simpson said the driver did not see anyone or know he had hit anything.

Hallett was carrying a black umbrella in the rain, Simpson said, and that might have obscured him from the view of another truck driver.

Hallett was employed by Mercer Transportation Company of Greenville, Ill.

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