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Man struck, killed by vehicle on Route 65 in Avalon

| Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, 4:39 a.m.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office released this photo of a tattoo on the upper left chest of an unknown black male who was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking along Ohio River boulevard in Avalon early Jan. 29, 2016.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office released this photo of a tattoo on the upper left chest of an unknown black male who was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking along Ohio River boulevard in Avalon early Jan. 29, 2016.

A man walking in the northbound lanes of Route 65 in Avalon was fatally struck by a vehicle early Friday morning.

Avalon police and paramedics responded to the scene in the 900 block of Ohio River Boulevard at about 3:12 a.m. after receiving 911 calls, said Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman.

The black male was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said the man was walking northbound in the passing lane just before being struck even though there were clear sidewalks in the area, Schurman said.

The man had no identification and may be homeless, Schurman said.

The man weighed 200 pounds and was 6 feet, 1 inch tall, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. He had closely cropped head hair and a similarly trimmed mustache and goatee beard. He wore a dark leather jacket, grey and blue striped sweatshirt, black pants with white paint marks and tan, leather, military-style boots. A tattoo is present on the upper left chest, possibly representing a lock and key in the shape of a heart.

The driver, who was delivering produce, did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but police are awaiting lab tests, Schurman said.

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