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Published: Tuesday, 10/9/2012

LaSalle man struck by pickup, dies


MONROE -- The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continued their investigation Monday into a crash that killed a Lasalle, Mich. man on South Dixie Highway in Monroe County's Monroe Township the night before, authorities said.

Orlando Porter, 49, was taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said Monday.

Mr. Porter was a passenger in a pickup driven by Kelly Lynch, 33, also of Lasalle, Mich., who ran out of gas about 10:10 p.m. Sunday on South Dixie, just south of Mortar Creek Road, sheriff deputies said.

Ms. Lynch pulled off the road onto the west shoulder and parked, and Mr. Porter exited the pickup to retrieve a gas can from the bed of the vehicle, reports indicate. He then walked to the driver side door to speak with her when he and the vehicle were struck by another pickup, which was driven south on South Dixie by Matthew Brooks, 59, of Erie, Mich., deputies said.

Mr. Brooks was also transported to Mercy Memorial where he was released after treatment. Ms. Lynch and a 5-year-old rear seat passenger in her pickup were not injured in the crash.

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