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Naked Man Hit and Killed Running Across Interstate 29 Near Brookings

Posted on May 07, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25, Jason Childers, 28, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, was running across Interstate 29, near Brookings in South Dakota, when he was hit by a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The Chevrolet Equinox was driven by Bruce Mauney, 64, of Sioux Falls. The incident occurred after 6:00 a.m. while Childers was naked and running erratically across the highway. He was hit underneath an interstate overpass. Sadly, Childers died from the crash.

According to police, Childers was a transient who was living with another homeless man underneath an overpass at mile marker 132 on Interstate 29. A witness indicated that prior to being hit, Childers had been drinking alcohol before he removed his clothing and started running back and forth across the highway. Before Childers was hit, two individuals had called 911 to report his erratic behavior. Officers from the Brookings Police Department were responding to the calls when the unfortunate accident occurred.

After the accident, police determined that Mauney had been driving while intoxicated. He was charged with a first offense DUI. Mauney was not injured in the motor vehicle crash.

According to Brookings Police Department Captain Kevin Joffer, when police arrived at the scene they were trying to figure out why Childers was running across the interstate without any clothes. While they have experienced several auto-pedestrian accidents on the interstate, they had never seen an incident like this.

The South Dakota highway patrol is continuing its investigation into the motor vehicle accident.

The attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP encourage you to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

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