A Pennsylvania man died when a tractor-trailer hit him after he apparently jumped in front of it on Interstate 95 while fleeing Selma police Tuesday night, the State Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said a Selma officer and the driver of the truck told them that Mark Malloy, 22, of Shavertown in central Pennsylvania had run into the northbound lanes of the interstate after crossing the southbound lanes.
The driver of the truck, Antonio Oliveras, 45, who was hauling freight from Florida, told troopers that he saw Malloy standing in the road and swerved to avoid him, but Malloy appeared to jump back into his path.
Malloy was pronounced dead at the scene, about 2 miles south of Exit 97.
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Selma officers told troopers they had begun following Malloy’s red pickup truck about 10:40 p.m. after noting that it had one headlight out.
Malloy sped up and he headed onto southbound I-95, according to the account police gave the highway patrol. They suspected Malloy was impaired, they said.
After a chase, Malloy stopped the truck on the right shoulder of I-95, got out and ran across the southbound lanes with a Selma officer chasing him, the troopers’ report said.