A dad-to-be died on Father’s Day in the US on Sunday after being struck by a car while walking on the side of a highway.
Matthew Evers, 34, from Grayslake, north of Chicago, was walking along Route 120 at around 11:45pm on Saturday (local time) when he was hit by a passing Chevrolet Impala, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say an early investigation shows Mr Evers got out of a car just moments before the accident and had entered the roadway.
The 34-year-old was rushed to a hospital via ambulance in a critical condition but was later airlifted to another hospital, police said.
Mr Evers was pronounced dead around 6:30pm the following day — Father’s Day in the US.
Police are now investigating why Mr Evers got out of his car on the busy roadway.
The driver of the Chevrolet Impala has been identified as a 30-year-old man.
Mr Evers was expecting a son with his pregnant wife Ivy Evers in November. The couple had already named the baby Parker, a GoFundMe created by friend Talia Ruff said.
“Matthew was a loving husband, son, brother, dog-dad, Cubs fan and so much more. The pain those close to him feel is unimaginable,” she wrote.
Wife pays tribute to 'best friend'
Mrs Evers took to Facebook to pen a tribute to her husband following his tragic death.
“I was hoping when I woke up this morning that I would wake up from this awful nightmare. How am I even having to write these words,” she said.
“Yesterday, my best friend, love of my life and daddy to our unborn child was taken from me. I don't understand any of this.
“Matthew Evers was the best person I knew and I don't know how he just isn't here anymore. How am I going to live this life without him, when everything in it is ours.”
A heartbroken Mrs Evers said she can’t believe she now has to have their son without him.
“Parker Matthew will never get to meet his amazing daddy, I will never get to sit and laugh with him while we listen to music or travel the world together to all the places we have yet visited. This isn't fair,” she wrote.
“A huge piece of my heart will forever be taken away…please watch over us, protect us and help me get through this. I truly don't know how am I supposed to do that.”
Mr Evers’ mum, Brenda Evers, said on Facebook that the 34-year-old suffered three heart attacks after the accident.
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