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Man dead after being struck by an SUV in Fawn

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:14 a.m.
Photo courtesy of the Walters family
John Walters of Fawn was struck and killed by a vehicle while he walking on Howes Run Road in Fawn on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

John Walters had recently had back surgery, and he was under doctor's instructions to walk a little every day as he recovered.

Walters, 62, was believed to have been walking back to his home in Fawn on Tuesday morning when he was hit and killed by a sport utility vehicle.

“I understand it was instantaneous, which is good,” his brother-in-law, Tim Cornuet, of Tarentum said as the family gathered at Walters' home in the afternoon. “We didn't want him suffering.”

Walters was hit while he was walking near 4649 Howes Run Road, about a mile away from his home on Donnellville Road, shortly before 10 a.m.

Fawn police Chief Tim Mayberry did not identify the driver of the Chevy Blazer that struck Walters. The driver was a male under age 18, he said.

Mayberry said the driver told police he saw Walters walking along the side of the road, and Walters then veered toward the middle of the road into the vehicle's path. The Blazer had damage to its right front end and along its right side.

There are no known witnesses, Mayberry said.

According to Mayberry, the driver stopped, called 911 and started performing CPR on Walters.

Mayberry said the driver was still doing CPR when the chief arrived on the scene; no one else was there.

Mayberry said he hooked Walters up to an automated external defibrillator, which is used to shock a heart back into a normal rhythm. It would not fire, he said.

“He was already (dead),” Mayberry said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating, as is procedure when a fatality occurs. They did not respond to requests for comment.

The driver was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison for observation and tests. He was accompanied by his parents, Mayberry said.

Cornuet said Walters liked country music and wore headphones when he went walking.

He was wearing a back brace and walked with a cane, according to Cornuet.

Medics pronounced Walters dead at the scene about 10:00 a.m., according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Results of an autopsy were not expected to be available until Wednesday.

Cornuet said Walters was married to his sister, Debra Jean, for 43 years. They have two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.

A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, Walters was a working truck driver. He was a proud grandfather, who enjoyed campfires and fishing with his grandchildren, Cornuet said.

“He was a very loving man. They did everything together,” Cornuet said of Walters and his sister. “His children and his grandchildren were his life, especially his grandchildren.

“He was just an all-around good guy,” Cornuet said. “He was always there if you needed him.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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