North Carolina Man Killed on I-85 While Changing Tire

December 11, 2018

SALISBURY, NC. – According to an online news report from, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle while changing a tire on the side of Interstate 85 in Salisbury, North Carolina. A witness at the scene captured video on a cell phone that is now in the possession of law enforcement.*

43-year-old Jose Alfredo Orozco, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet SUV southbound on I-85. Near mile marker 78, just north of Salisbury, he pulled over to change a tire on the side of the interstate. His brother-in-law, Isidro Chavez, of Smithfield, North Carolina, was also pulled over on the interstate to assist Orozco.

A southbound Jeep veered into the shoulder of I-85 and struck both Orozco’s and Chavez’s vehicles. The Jeep also struck Orozco, who died at the scene. Four other people were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, including the driver of the Jeep, 29-year-old John Franklin Christopher Corley, of Woodleaf, North Carolina. Reports did not indicate whether Chavez was among the injured and did not identify any of the other victims. 

The cause of the crash is not yet clear. North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a witness to the accident turned in cell phone footage that showed Corley driving erratically prior to the crash. North Carolina authorities are still investigating the incident, and no charges have been announced at this time. No additional information has been released to the public. 

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