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Man killed after being hit by vehicle while checking mailbox in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a vehicle Monday night in Smith County.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, around 9:45 p.m., troopers responded to an accident on Farm-to-Market Road 2661 and County Road 1130.

The preliminary crash investigation report states after parking his vehicle in a private drive, a pedestrian identified as Alan Cleaver, 39, of Flint, attempted to cross FM 2661, from east to west to retrieve mail. 

At the same time, the driver of an SUV, identified as Jonathan Wesley Bass, 57, of Flint, was traveling northbound on FM 2661 and was unable to see the Cleaver in time to avoid striking him. 

Cleaver was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Cleaver was a beloved employee of Ground Zero Comics who posted about his passing on their Facebook page:

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