Man is dead after walking onto highway

Rick Stillion

Special to the News

AKRON -- The Indiana man struck by a vehicle late Saturday (Sept. 19) night while walking on Interstate 77 was pronounced dead last Monday afternoon at Akron General Hospital.

Nicholas Parker, 18, of Indianapolis, was legally "brain dead" when he was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 3:20 p.m., according to a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's New Philadelphia post.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Summit County Coroner's Office.

Parker's parents were reportedly at the hospital when he was pronounced dead.

Parker was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Stacy Doak, 39, New Philadelphia, after jumping from a vehicle occupied by friends and fleeing on foot.

Unable to locate Parker, his friends continued to a Newcomerstown area residence where they reported the incident to a friend in Indiana.

That friend contacted the highway patrol approximately 90 minutes after Parker was struck, alerting troopers as to why he was walking on I-77.

Doak was not injured in the accident.

No charges are expected to be filed as a result of Parker being struck.

The incident remained under investigation by the highway patrol.