Tonawanda police say Mark Zellner, 18, of Tonawanda ran across the roadway near 2 am Thursday morning and was struck by the truck. He died at the scene.
"At this point it just appears to be a tragic accident," says Tonawanda Police Lt. Nicholas Bado who adds that they have obvious theories but no real knowledge of of why the teen did what he did.
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Lt. Nicholas Bado, Tonawanda Police
"As you might imagine he is extremely upset, and we don't want to drag him into this unless we have to. Safe to say that for anyone involved in a situation like this it is pretty traumatic for a lot of different people including the driver," Bado said.
No alcohol or drug involvement on behalf of the driver nor mechanical issues with the truck were found, Bado says.
The Interstate was closed eyond Exit 2 (Colvin Blvd) to Exit 1 (Delaware Avenue) from 1 am until after 7 am after the accident .
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