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“Cognitive impairment” blamed for missing man’s fatal sprint towards semi truck 


A previously missing elderly man has died after running into the path of an oncoming semi truck in North Carolina on Monday morning. 

The incident happened on May 9th at 8:43 a.m. in Greensboro. 

According to Fox 8 News, a semi truck was traveling along the US 29 South exit ramp and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when 77-year-old Vielace Rudolph Tippett ran in front of the moving rig. Tippett died as a result of his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

At the time of the incident, Tippett was the subject of a ‘Silver Alert’ – a system designed for notifying the public about missing elderly people, particularly those with dementia, alzheimers, or in other states of cognitive decline. Tippett was described as suffering from “cognitive impairment.”

No further information has been released. The crash is currently being investigated. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.


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