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Police identify fatal accident victim, who was in town for father's funeral

UPDATED 3:46 p.m.

Fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian

UPDATED 3:46 p.m.

FARGO - Police have identified a 53-year-old man struck and killed by a pickup here Monday morning while walking in the driving lane of South University Drive under the Interstate 94 underpass.

Michael Lewis Schrock, 53, of Minneapolis, was a guest at the Roadway Inn motel on South University Drive and was walking to a south Fargo address when he was struck, according to police and the motel's general manager.

Schrock, a native of Casselton, N.D., was home preparing for his father's funeral when he was killed, according to an obituary for his father, Dellis Schrock, 76, of Fargo, who was a former English teacher at Fargo South High School and mayor of Casselton from 1978 to 1990.

The driver of the full-size pickup, identified by police as Raleigh John Trulson, 22, of Fargo, is not expected to face charges related to the accident, which was reported at 6:34 a.m., Sgt. Jeff Skuza said.

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Accident reconstruction specialists determined Michael Schrock was walking in the far right driving lane of northbound South University Drive, Skuza said.

The northbound pickup, which witnesses said wasn't speeding, hit Schrock and flung him into compacted ice and a bridge pillar, Sgt. Glen Hanson said. The pickup driver did not see the man, he said.

There is a sidewalk on the west side of the underpass, but not on the east side where the victim was walking. It also was still dark out at the time of the accident, Skuza said.

The victim was walking upright when he was hit, Skuza said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death, he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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