Billy Joe Guthrie lost his life earlier this week on the Kansas Turnpike.
He was 60 years old.
Rachel Bell from the Kansas Turnpike Authority says a Turnpike maintenance crew found Guthrie in a southbound ditch near mile marker 114 around 7:30 AM yesterday. The maintenance crew determined another vehicle struck Guthrie.
The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms Guthrie's death is the result of a hit-and-run, although they don't know if the hit-and-run was accidental in nature. Details are pending.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is leading the investigation, and they are being assisted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
They've determined at this time that Guthrie was a pedestrian on the right shoulder until an unknown vehicle struck him and then left the scene of the crime. Guthrie is from Towanda, Kansas.
If you have any more information on Billy Joe Guthrie and why he was near mile marker 114, please call Highway Patrol Troop G through the Turnpike's Incident Management Center at 316-652-2611.
We'll keep you updated about the investigation process on KVOE, KVOE.com, and KVOE social media.