A 31-year-old pedestrian was killed Monday night when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along the West Shore Bypass in Reading, officials said Tuesday.
Daron T. Wilkins of Reading was pronounced dead at the scene along the eastbound lanes near the Lancaster Avenue exit, according to acting Berks County Coroner Jonn M. Hollenbach.
Hollenbach said the driver of the vehicle that struck Wilkins called 9-1-1 about 9:15 p.m. to report that he had hit an animal in the roadway but had not stopped to see what it was.
Soon after that initial call, Hollenbach said dispatchers began receiving calls about a person in the roadway near the Lancaster Avenue exit.
Wilkins was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Sarah Shivers at 10:45 p.m. His death was ruled accidental and the cause was found to be blunt force trauma.
Hollenbach said police were able to speak with the driver and that the man was cooperating with the investigation.
The bypass, which is Route 422, was closed for about three hours from Lancaster Avenue to Interstate 176 in Cumru Township while police investigated.
Wilkins was the 30th person to die in 2020 as a results of crashes on Berks roads.