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Man commits suicide by stepping in front of big rig


The death of a man who walked into the path of a semi truck earlier this week has been deemed a suicide by local authorities.

The Berks County coroner ruled the Reading, Pennsylvania man’s death a suicide.

The incident happened late Monday morning, March 12th. The man died after being taken by ambulance to Reading Hospital.

Anthony Sellari, 68, owner of Sellari’s Food Market at Lancaster Avenue and South Kenhorst Boulevard, stepped onto Lancaster Avenue in front of the eastbound rig on Monday about 10:30 a.m. The truck driver, 28-year-old Nathan A. Shroy was unable to stop in time, and stuck the man, who sustained serious injuries.

Sellari, who lived about a block from the store that he owned for 40 years, died of multiple injuries, officials said. He was pronounced dead Monday at 11:26 a.m. in Reading Hospital by a staff physician.

During the investigation of the incident, officials examined footage from a nearby security camera and determined that Sellari was standing on the sidewalk in front of his store when he stepped out into the busy roadway. He made no attempt to get out of the way and was struck by the trailer of the rig, which was traveling about 35 mph.

Shoy stopped after striking Sellari, and has been cooperating with investigations. No citations have been issued, and the incident was determined to be a suicide.


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