Dad Is Killed In Crash During Cross-Country 'Walk For Change' Following Suicide Of Gay Son
Joe Bell, the father who was walking across the United States to raise awareness for his 15-year-old gay son, Jadin, who committed suicide as a result of gay bullying, was killed after being struck by a semi-truck Wednesday night in eastern Colorado.
Bell was hit while walking along the shoulder of Highway 40. It's believed that the driver, Kenneth Raven, fell asleep at the wheel. He's been cited for careless driving resulting in a death.
"Joe's Walk For Change" organizer Ann announced his death on Facebook, writing:
I am very sad to have to announce that our friend Joe Bell was hit and struck by a semi while on his walk last night. Thank you so much for all of your continued support, he loved everyone he came into contact with, and was so appreciative of all of your support. I will update with info as it becomes available. He will continue his journey now with Jadin. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts.
Bell began his walk across America in April and had been speaking in
His goal was to walk 5,000 mile in two years, while educating people along his journey.