A man was fatally struck by a pickup truck late Wednesday while filling the gas tank of a vehicle that had stalled on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.
Two young women and a man were traveling south on I-5 when they ran out of gas near the Tacoma Dome. Their Toyota Camry stopped with the back tires partially blocking a lane.
They called Kenneth Oatts, a 43-year-old man who they saw as a father figure, for help.
Oatts hurried to the rescue, parking his own car in a nearby construction zone and walking to the Camry. He was standing at the back of the car filling the tank, which was on the driver’s side, when a passing pickup truck struck him at 9:35 p.m.
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“Apparently another vehicle in front of that car had swerved so the driver that hit him didn’t have much time,” trooper Brooke Bova said. “It was a series of unfortunate events.”
The driver of the truck, a 25-year-old Auburn man, cooperated with the State Patrol and was not believed to be impaired.
The people Oatts came to help, two women ages 19 and 24 and a 20-year-old man, were not injured.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653