Oregon dad killed while on walk across America to honor son - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oregon dad killed while on walk across America to honor son

Joe Bell (left) planned to walk across the country in honor of his son, Jadin (right). Joe Bell (left) planned to walk across the country in honor of his son, Jadin (right).
LA GRANDE, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon father whose gay son committed suicide this year was struck and killed Wednesday night while on a walk across America.

Joe Bell, of La Grande, planned to walk across the country to educate people about bullying, which is what led his son to hang himself.

Colorado State Patrol said Bell was struck by a semi on Highway 40 about 20 miles outside the town of Kit Carson, CO. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi driver, 49-year-old Kenneth Raven, was cited with careless driving resulting in death.

State police said Raven may have fallen asleep behind the wheel before crashing into Bell.

A post on the "Joe's Walk for Change" Facebook page announced Bell's death Thursday morning.

"I am very sad to have to announce that our friend Joe Bell was hit and struck by a semi while on his walk last night. Thank you so much for all of your continued support, he loved everyone he came into contact with, and was so appreciative of all of your support. I will update with info as it becomes available. He will continue his journey now with Jadin. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts. Ann"

Bell chronicled much of his trip on the Facebook page, posting messages of thanks to strangers he met along the way. He was heading toward Kansas, and posted last week that he would be in Wichita by November.

Along the way, he spoke to people about the lasting effects of bullying. Last winter, 15-year-old Jadin Bell hanged himself after being bullied at La Grande High School. On Jan. 19, a passer-by found him hanging from a play structure at Central Elementary School and rescued him. He remained in critical condition for two weeks before being taken off life support at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

A memorial is planned for Joe Bell at Ogden Outreach in Utah on Thursday night.

RELATED:

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Threats to local high schools being investigated

    Threats to local high schools being investigated

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-02-20 04:56:52 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against a local high school.  Threats were allegedly made against DeRidder High School by a juvenile, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy with the DeRidder police department.  The juvenile was detained and a search warrant has been served. Deputy Chief Rudy says there is no immediate threat to the students or staff at DeRidder High School.  The DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff...

    More >>
  • As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    As federal taxes go down, Louisiana income taxes go up

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:10 PM EST2018-02-20 03:10:50 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>

    It's no fun getting a pay raise only to have it eaten up by an increase in your bills, which is what's happening with federal tax reform in Louisiana. If you noticed a small increase in your pay check from federal tax reform, it may be fleeting as state taxes go up. The Louisiana constitution says if federal taxes go down, state taxes go up. But tax preparer Jessica Fisher, who is an area manager for Jackson Hewitt, says the offset should still leave you with a little somethin...

    More >>
  • The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-02-20 02:28:41 GMT

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly