KIT CARSON, CO - An Oregon man who was walking across the country to raise awareness about bullying is dead after being hit by a truck in Colorado.
48-year-old Joseph Bell of LaGrande was walking after his 15-year-old gay son killed himself after reportedly being bullied earlier this year.
The Colorado State Patrol says Bell died Wednesday after being struck along a two-lane highway in a rural area 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson. Investigators believe the driver fell asleep. Bell's son, Jadin, died in February after hanging himself in a schoolyard. He had reported being bullied, but he didn't leave a suicide note. Bell began his walk in April and planned to finish in New York City. The truck driver, 49-year-old Kenneth Raven, of Bryan, Texas, has been charged with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor.