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Joe's Walk Comes to a Tragic End...

posted Oct 10, 2013, 1:44 PM by Frank Thomas
From the Baker City Herald October 10, 2013:

Joe Bell, the La Grande man who embarked on a walk across America this spring to honor his son Jadin Bell, a 15 year old who killed himself after being bullied at school, apparently was hit and killed by a semi truck on a Colorado highway Wednesday evening. 

A Colorado Springs TV station posted a story on its website saying that although police had not announced the victim's name, he was a 48-year-old man from La Grande who was killed when he was struck by a truck driven by Kenneth Raven, 49 of a Bryan, Texas trucking company.  The victim was walking east on the shoulder of Highway 40, 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson, Colorado when he was hit about 5:10 pm, local time, according to

State troopers said Raven might have fallen asleep at the wheel.  He was cited for careless driving resulting in a death, according to the TV station.

Jading Bell, who was openly gay, had been bullied at La Grande High School before he committed suicide...  Joe said he planned to walk across the county and tell his son's story to as many people as he could.