THP identifies pedestrian hit, killed on Interstate 40

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A car hit and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 40 around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Investigators said the crash happened near mile marker 96 in Henderson County. “It’s all speed,” driver Jimmy Bailey said. “It’s like nobody’s slowing down for nobody.” The THP said a previous accident backed up traffic. Troopers said the victim, Jeffrey Scott Kawsh, 50, of North Webster, Ind., worked for a vehicle escort service. Investigators said Kawsh was helping direct traffic when he got hit. “When you have to try to do something for emergency or pull over, these trucks, they’re not slowing down for nobody,” Bailey said. The THP said the driver swerved to avoid the backed-up traffic and hit Kawsh. Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke said one of his deputies along with EMS and fire personnel also responded to the crash. “Be ready for any type of maneuver you need to make to avoid a collision if someone’s not watching,” Duke said. Bailey said the crash does not surprise him considering the risk of stopping to help other drivers. “Most of the time when somebody is trying to help somebody, they’re not paying attention to their safety, environment around them and they could very well get hit,” he said. The THP said the crash remains under investigation and citations could be pending. Investigators said the driver of the car was not hurt.

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