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Truck Driver Killed At St. Rt. 66 And Henry Co. Rd. A

Evan Baka, Sterling Heights, Mich., was killed on St. Rt. 66 at the Henry-Fulton county line.– photo, Mercy Funeral Home

Evan Baka, Sterling Heights, Mich., was killed on St. Rt. 66 at the Henry-Fulton county line.– photo, Mercy Funeral Home

A semi driver who stepped out of the cab of his truck onto the highway was struck and killed by a pickup truck about 10:43 am, Thursday, June 27.

Justen Vocke, Henry County sheriff deputy, said Evan Baka, 37, Sterling Heights, Mich., had apparently stopped his truck to ask directions when the accident occurred.

Michael D. Bodenbender, Henry County sheriff, said the initial investigation conducted by sheriff deputies indicates Baka was driving the semi northbound on St. Rt. 66, and was stopped near Henry Co. Rd. W and Fulton Co. Rd. A.

The road is the boundary between the two counties.

Vocke said a second semi driver, who was stopped in the eastbound lane of Co. Rd. A-W, stated Baka yelled to him, possibly asking how to get to Arrow Tru-Line, a manufacturing plant on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Vocke said the second driver shouted to Baka that he couldn’t understand what he was saying, and threw up his hands.

Baka then got out of the cab of the semi, and stepped down into the southbound lane of traffic.

He was struck by a south- bound pickup truck driven by Roger Knape, 55, Archbold.

Vocke said Baka was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bodenbender said Knape’s vehicle had the right-of-way through the intersection.

Responding to the scene along with Henry County deputies were Ridgeville Township and Archbold fire & rescue squads, Archbold police, and crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Henry County deputies are investigating.