Patrol probe reveals pedestrian victim was walking to work

A Fulton man who was killed at 4:23 a.m. Sunday morning was walking to work along U.S. 54 in the dark when he was hit by a car, an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol reveals.

Sgt. W. Ahrens of the patrol said David L. Riley, 40, Fulton, was walking to work in Kingdom City when he was hit by a car.

“This was something that he did every day. He walked from his home in Fulton to McDonald’s in Kingdom City where he worked,” Ahrens said.

“The accident was unavoidable. He was wearing black pants and a red coat and it would have been difficult to see him in the dark,” Ahrens said.

Ahrens said the driver who hit Riley, Maranda N. Herst, 21, of Fulton, never saw him. “She heard the sound when her vehicle hit him and then stopped,” Ahrens said.

Ahrens said Riley may have been crossing the highway when he was hit because an investigation showed it was Riley’s practice to cross over the highway at County Road 220 and walk up an access road to work at McDonald’s Restaurant. The accident occurred along U.S. 54 at County Road 220.

Riley’s death was the 10th fatality for 2011 in the 13-county Troop F area of the patrol in Central Missouri.

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