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Published: Monday, 10/8/2012

Lasalle, Mich., man struck, killed by truck


MONROE -- A Lasalle, Mich. man was killed in a crash on South Dixie Highway just south of Mortar Creek Road in Monroe County's Monroe Township on Sunday night, authorities said.

Orlando Porter, 49, was taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Once Ms. Lynch pulled off the road onto the west shoulder and parked, Mr. Porter exited the pickup to retrieve a gas can from the bed of the vehicle. 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.

The crash remains under investigation.

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