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Sister of pedestrian killed remembers her brother

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By: Dorothy Sherman

OPELIKA, AL - Melody Baker remembered her brother Shane Hurst.

"He was older than I was, about nine years older than me.  So, I was kind of the baby sister and we used to pick at each other all the tine," Baker said.

Opelika officials said 42-year-old Hurst died last Saturday after he was struck by an SUV  According to the Lee County Coroner's Office, Hurst was apparently attempting to cross the highway walking into the path of the vehicle.  He was taken to the E.A.M.C. and died in the emergency room, and leaving his family devastated.

"I was eating in Oxford close to where we're from and I had to go outside and use the phone and my niece had told me what had happened and I lost it," Baker said.

Baker said Hurst had just lost his son.

"His son was six years old when he passed away, and ever since then he's kind of had a hard time," Baker said.  "He has no insurance he has no income and we just need help with burying him and laying him to rest."

But, it's the good things she wants to remember.  Baker said Hurst was an all around good guy with a heart of gold.

"He was always I guess the life of the party," Baker said.  "He was always joking and cutting up.  Just being Shane."

The incident is still under investigation by Opelika police and the Lee County Coroner's Office.

The family members have started a fundraiser online to help with funeral costs, http://www.gofundme.com/6712ew.

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