PULASKI TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A pedestrian was hit and killed by a truck this morning on Interstate 376 in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County.

Police say 46-year-old David William Nye walked out of a nearby mental health facility this morning, allegedly leaving behind a suicide note according to police.

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“He walked through the woods and stood in front of a semi that was eastbound on 376,” said Trooper Harry Gustafson, of Pennsylvania State Police. “Unfortunately, the truck driver tried to swerve to miss him, but was unable to do so.”

As the investigation got underway, the highway was shut down and traffic was rerouted.

“It was for a couple hours due to our scene the roadway,” said Trooper Gustafson. “So, we obviously couldn’t have any vehicles on the road disturbing the scene until we figured out what we were dealing with.”

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The truck driver who hit Nye was emotional and shaken.

Police later learned Nye may have attempted this before.

“We also talked to another truck driver that stopped at the scene a little bit later, gave us information that a week ago, he saw a gentleman fitting his description come out in front of him and he swerved and missed him,” Trooper Gustafson said.

State police say the investigation is over.

The driver of the truck is not facing charges, according to police.

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Heather Abraham