Joe Bell, Father of Jadin Bell, Struck & Killed by Truck

Heartbreaking news: Joe Bell, the father of Jadin Bell, was struck and killed by a truck this week while walking in Colorado. Jadin Bell, Joe’s openly gay son, died from suicide earlier this year at the young age of fifteen.

Joe had been walking in Colorado as part his Walk for Change, a journey on foot from Oregon to New York that he undertook to raise awareness about bullying and suicide—and to honor his son’s memory. I published a brief post about Joe’s Walk for Change when he started the trip in April.

News reports indicate that the truck driver who hit Joe might have fallen asleep at the wheel. The driver apparently received a citation for careless driving resulting in death.

The kind folks at Ogden OUTreach are helping to organize a memorial for Joe this evening at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time in Ogden, Utah. Details are available here.

You can learn more about Joe, Jadin and their family through the organization Faces for Change, established in Jadin’s memory.