Pedestrian in road struck, killed in Franklin Twp.

Local News

A 34-year-old man was killed on Saturday after he was struck head-on by an SUV on Saturday while walking in the middle of Brown Road in Franklin Twp.

Matthew Loel, of Chillicothe, was hit at about 9:04 p.m. by a white Chevrolet Silverado driven by Paola Cruz, 27, of Whitehall.

Cruz was driving northbound on Brown Road north of Engadine Avenue and struck Loel, who was walking in the middle of the northbound lanes of Brown Road, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said Loel appeared to be intoxicated while walking in the middle of the road.

Loel was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

No other injuries were reported.

The incident remains under investigation.

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