Father killed while walking across America in memory of dead gay son
A father grieving the loss of his gay son has died in a road accident.
Joe Bell was struck by a truck in eastern Colorado as he walked along the shoulder of a highway on Wednesday evening.
The driver has been charged with reckless driving.
Mr Bell was midway through his 5,000-mile challenge to walk across America in memory of his son Jadin Bell.
The 48-year-old, who has another son and a daughter, came up with the idea for the two-year walk in a bid to raise awareness of homophobic bullying after struggling to come to terms with Jadin’s death.
He was kept on life support for a few days, before Mr Bell and Jadin’s mother Lola Lathrop agreed to end treatment after doctors registered little brain activity.
Mr Bell had been due to talk to a youth group in Hugo, Colorado, on the night he was killed. A few hours before his death, he had posted a picture of a road sign on Facebook with the caption: “Making headway, one step at a time.”
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A friend of Mr Bell put up an announcement about his death on a Facebook page chronicling the walk.
It said: “Thank you to everyone who has come here to support Joe’s family in this difficult time.”