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Man killed when crossing Hwy 359 to get his mail

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A photo of Jerry Chaney given to 14 News by family. A photo of Jerry Chaney given to 14 News by family.
Emergency crews on the scene of the accident Monday afternoon. Emergency crews on the scene of the accident Monday afternoon.

A Henderson County man crossing the highway to get his mail was hit and killed by a pickup truck Monday afternoon. 

Witnesses on the scene tell 14 News that they were driving by on Highway 359, near the Smith Mill area and saw the victim getting his mail. They say he was smiling and waving to them as they drove by. 

Hayleigh Utley says that witness account sounds about right for her cousin, 68-year-old Jerry Chaney, to be happy and friendly to passing cars. 

But those witnesses say as they drove away they could see Chaney in their rear view mirror. They say he turned to cross the street without looking and was hit by a blue pickup truck.

Skid marks were left by the truck, but the driver hit the man and ended up on the other side of the road in a cornfield.

Those witnesses tell us they stopped, ran back to help him and begin CPR, but family members say he was killed on impact. 

Family members tell 14 News that they just shared Thanksgiving together at their grandmother's house and say he will be dearly missed this Christmas. 

"I'd stop by when I was going into town or something and say hey. It'd make his day because he was just in there all by himself. He was a pretty happy person. He liked painting and being around his family. Whenever we were younger, he dressed up like Santa Claus for Christmas and playing his harmonica for us," Utley said.

The family say they are thankful for those witnesses that stayed by his side. The driver was not injured and officials say it doesn't look like he will be facing any charges.

Highway 359 was shut down in that area for a couple of hours. The roadway has since been reopened.

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