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A Washington man was killed after a vehicle struck him while he was on the side of Interstate 30 in central Arkansas, authorities said.

The Arkansas State Police said the crash happened after the man got out of his truck around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday along I-30 near Malvern when another vehicle hit him.

Authorities identified the man as 24-year-old Mihai Portean of Shoreline, Wash.

He was reportedly standing next to his pickup that he stopped on the shoulder for unknown reasons, according to a crash report.

Portean suffered fatal injuries.

Police said they searched the area but could not find the driver who hit him.

Authorities noted clear weather and dry roads at the time of the crash.

Preliminary figures show at least 233 people have died in crashes on Arkansas roads so far this year.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the victim's gender.

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Archived Comments

  • SWArkAtty
    July 5, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.

    As someone with close friends in Washington, AR, I would appreciate it if you would distinguish the state (or DC) from the Arkansas city in your headlines.

  • JiminLA
    July 5, 2019 at 7:34 p.m.

    SWArkAtty, the article states the victim is from Shoreline, Washington. No confusion there.

  • Rockboots
    July 6, 2019 at 12:43 a.m.

    Hhmmm. Was their a vehicle crash? Was this a hit and run scenario?

  • ThirdKid
    July 6, 2019 at 2:21 p.m.

    SWARKATTY - It's okay. We understand what you're asking. Most of us have thought the same thing.
    JIMINLA just doesn't comprehend what he reads before he comments.

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