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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vietnam veteran killed 12 hours after brother died

Vietnam vet dies after struck by car in Hillside
By Rosemary Regina Sobol
Tribune reporter
January 24, 2013

A Vietnam veteran who had just lost his brother to cancer died early Thursday after he was hit by a car while crossing a street near his Hillside apartment, authorities said.

"It's just very tragic," said Hillside Police Chief Joe Lucaszek.

William Higbee, 63, was crossing Wolf Road near Washington Street in his wheelchair around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina that was head south, Lucasek said.

Police reached out to his family after he died and learned his brother had died of cancer 12 hours before the accident, Lucaszek said. “It was really sad,’’ he said.
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