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Man dies when hit by truck

July 11, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

MYERSVILLE, MD.

andrews@herald-mail.com

A Funkstown man walking along Pleasant Walk Road, northwest of Myersville, was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a truck, police said Sunday.

Tyler William Pearce, 22, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

The driver of the truck, Nina R. Bidle, 23, of Middletown, Md., did not stop when her truck hit Pearce and instead drove home, a sheriff's department news release said.

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However, Bidle called a friend driving a separate vehicle in front of hers to say she thought she hit something, the release said.

The friend drove back to see what happened, found Pearce and tried to administer first aid until police and emergency workers arrived, Bailey said.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon. Bailey said the investigating officer, Deputy 1st Class Jody Maybush, will discuss the case with the Frederick County State's Attorney's office.

Police said Bidle was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck south on Pleasant Walk Road. Jeffrey L. Horseman Jr., 19, of Middletown, was riding with her, police said.

Near the intersection of Pleasant Walk and Scravel roads, Bidle's truck hit Pearce, who was walking on the narrow southbound shoulder, police said.

Using a cell phone, Bidle called the friend driving ahead of her, who went back to check who or what might have been struck, police said.

Police did not release any information about the friend.

Police were called to the scene at about 11 p.m.

Pearce's sister, Brooke, 24, said Tyler was a fan of four-wheel off-road vehicles and had been "mudbogging," or riding in the mud, with friends in Kingsdale, Pa., on Saturday. She said Tyler, his girlfriend and another couple went together.

Brooke Pearce said her brother went to a party afterward and was walking home alone when he was struck and killed.

The Pearce family lives near Boonsboro, just across the Washington County line, she said. Tyler - who was the second-oldest of four children - and his girlfriend lived together in Funkstown, Brooke Pearce said.

Tyler was about to start working at his father's construction business, his sister said.

Brooke Pearce described Tyler, who attended Boonsboro High School but did not graduate, as "easygoing and fun loving," someone who loved to be with his friends.

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