KIT CARSON, Colo. An Oregon man who lost his gay son to suicide and was walking across the country to raise awareness about bullying is dead after being hit by a truck in eastern Colorado.
The Colorado State Patrol says 48-year-old Joseph Bell of La Grande, Ore., 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 15-year-old 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.
Bell's website released the following statement:
Friends and supporters,
We are sad to share that the recent news of Joe's passing is true. Joe was supported by a number of people, across a number of states. Please be patient with us as we come together, and allow the family time to process this difficult tragedy.
CBS Colorado Springs affiliate KKTV-TV reports Bell had reportedly spoken in Boulder and Denver while in Colorado.