Coroner identifies man killed on I-83

Sean Philip Cotter

A man who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 83 had stopped to deal with a flat tire but couldn't get far off the road because of the deep snow, according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

Sotirios Drivas, 78, of Narnia Drive in Manchester, was struck and killed while trying to change a tire Tuesday, according to the York County Coroner.

Police say Drivas had pulled off to the east shoulder of the highway's northbound lanes around mile marker 25, about a mile north of the Emigsville exit; the driver of the truck stopped after striking the man and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Hicks said because of the deep snow winter storm Jonas dumped on York County over the weekend, the shoulders were very limited. The driver-side tires of Drivas' car were at the fog line, so he was not even able to fully get off the road, Hicks said.

Hicks said it's tough to know what to do in that situation. With just a flat tire — something you can still drive on — it's best to put your flashers on and continue to drive slowly ahead until you reach a place where you can pull farther off the road, he said.

"Give yourself a little bit more room," Hicks said.

The highway's northbound lanes remained closed several hours after the crash between Exit 24, which is for Emigsville, and Exit 28, which is for Strinestown, according to the state Department of Transportation's website. Lanes opened back up at 6 p.m., according to 911 transmissions.

An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to the York County Coroner's office.

State police continue to investigate; Hicks said it's too early to know if the truck driver will be charged or cited.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (717) 428-1011.

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Pennsylvania State Police investigate a fatal accident on I-83 northbound, north of the Emigsville exit, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. John A. Pavoncello