Lyndon B. Buffington, 33, was driving east on Interstate 84 near Jerome before dawn Tuesday when he stopped his car, got out and began walking in the travel lane, Idaho State Police report.
The Nampa man was struck by a vehicle near milepost 176 and died at the scene, according to an ISP news release. Investigators are looking for the vehicle that hit him. His passenger, 32-year-old Malinda Buffington of Kuna, began to drive the car away, then pulled over after he was hit, ISP said.
No information was available on why Buffington got out of the car or what type of vehicle is believed to have hit him.
Idaho State Police Lt. Robert Rausch told the Twin Falls Times-News that investigators were trying to rule out the possibilities that Buffington was injured before the crash or there was some kind of foul play involved.
“Details keep changing on this one every few minutes, it seems like,” Rausch told the Times-News.
The eastbound lanes of the interstate were partially blocked for approximately five hours while crews worked to clear the scene, according to the news release. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.
The crash is the second in four days to involve a pedestrian on I-84. Early Saturday afternoon, a North Carolina man was walking on the shoulder of the interstate near the Orchard exit in Boise when he was struck by an SUV and seriously injured. The SUV’s driver, Timothy Boerin of Nampa, was arrested for felony aggravated DUI.