Posted: Sep 2, 2012 5:40 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2012 7:08 PM
A Madison County man was killed when his truck flipped on Pilot Knob Cemetery Road. The man's parents want their son to be remembered for his helpful spirit.
The drop-off from Pilot Knob Cemetery Road can be a steep one. "They have a very good pavement on that road," says neighbor Bill Best. "But it has no shoulders. And in some place the asphalt dips down at least 6 inches."
Best lives along the road where vehicles frequently slip off the road and then crash. That's what happened Saturday night. "That is the second fatality within 500 feet of our house," says Best.
Police say Zach Croley of Berea fell victim to that drop-off Saturday night. In trying to regain control of his truck, he over-corrected, sending him up the embankment on the other side of the road. His Chevy truck flipped over and he was thrown from the truck. He died at the scene.
Zach's sister, Whitney, has been going through pictures of her brother all day. "It doesn't seem real that he's gone," says Whitney.
"I looked up to my brother like he was a hero," says Whitney. "I looked up to him for about everything. I went to him for advice. He was there when I needed him."
Zach's father, Ted, describes his son as an old country boy. They say they will bury him in his favorite blue jeans and t-shirt.
Croley's girlfriend, Elizabeth Cook, was also in the truck at the time of the crash. She suffered only minor injuries.