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Plainfield Man Struck, Killed on I-55 Near Joliet

The Illinois State Police are investigating; information on why 22-year-old Ryan Knudsen was walking on the highway has not been released.

A 22-year-old Plainfield man walking in the northbound lane of Interstate 55, just north of the U.S. 30 Joliet/Plainfield exit, died Sunday morning after being struck by two vehicles, an Illinois State Police District 5 news release said.

The victim has been identified as Ryan Knudsen, of 23925 Chicago St., a state police spokesman said Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:10 a.m., according to the Will County Coroner's Office, and an autopsy will be conducted Monday.

The accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. when a 2005 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer struck Knudsen in the right lane, the release said. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry was behind the truck and struck the victim a second time, the release said.

An investigation is ongoing and no information has been released about why Knudsen may have been on the roadway. No tickets have been issued.

Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This man was my cousin, so as my girl said, remember, his loved ones are reading this, have a heart and please, be human for a day.
Gabrielle Bradley October 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
His visitation is tomorrow 2 pm-7:30 pm, at which his service will be held at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, in Joliet.
Tom Harper October 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Where was he the night before ? Where was his car? Was it working?
pd October 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I, too, know one of the drivers involved in this tragic accident very well. It is just as difficult for the drivers as it is for the family-- yes, they may still be alive, but they have to relive that accident every day for the rest of their lives. Imagine the pain they suffer trying to think of ANY way they could have avoided colliding with Ryan that fateful morning. Nothing can bring Ryan back, and for that, I am truly sorry, but let us all pray for all three involved-- Ryan and the two drivers. I know they could all use our prayers and words of support.
Tracy Kelley November 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
My son knew Ryan. Ryan had been at our house many times over the years. I always enjoyed his fantastic smile and friendly manners. To Ryan's family. I just heard about his fate today. May you find peace somehow and I truly wish I knew how to help you with that. God bless you.

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