Man hit, killed near Moab after trying to retrieve items on highway

A man was hit and killed on U.S. Highway 191 south of Moab Saturday evening after he tried to retrieve some items that had fallen off his vehicle. Map Courtesy: Utah Highway Patrol

MOAB, Utah, April 16, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was hit and killed on U.S. Highway 191 south of Moab Saturday evening after he tried to retrieve some items that had fallen off his vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. when a blue Toyota sedan travelling southbound stopped in the center turn lane on Highway 191 near mile marker 122, according to a news release from the Utah Highway Patrol.

A passenger from the Toyota, Carl Q. Bierschied, exited the vehicle and was picking up items in the southbound travel lanes.

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“A blue Dodge pickup was traveling southbound in the same location when the driver noticed the blue Toyota stopped in the center turn lane facing northbound and shortly after that noticed Bierschied bent over in the center of the number one lane,” the news release said.

The driver swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting Bierschied, but hit him with the passenger side headlight and hood of the vehicle.

CPR was initiated but efforts were unsuccessful and Bierschied, 37, from Moab, died on scene from his injuries.

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