Oct 10, 2013 2:20 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Man on national trek to honor son killed in Colorado

A father from Oregon who was walking across the country to bring awareness to bullying was hit and killed by a semi-truck here in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol says that Joe Bell, 48, was walking on the shoulder of Highway 40, 20 miles north of Kit Carson Wednesday evening around 5pm when he was hit by the truck. Bell died at the scene.

The semi-driver Kenneth Raven, 49, from Texas may have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to troopers. He was cited for careless driving resulting in death.

Bell started his trek across the country in August to bring awareness to the problem of bulling by talking to schools. Bell's 15 year old son committed suicide earlier this year after the family says he was bullied for being openly gay. The Joe's Walk For Change Facebook page was flooded with eulogies to the father and son.

Bell was planning on talking to students in Hugo last night according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.



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