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Somerset man dies when he is struck by vehicle after wreck

A Somerset man who escaped injury in a traffic crash Sunday evening died when a car hit him as he stood in the street near his wrecked truck, police said.

Ronnie Cassada, 50, was taken by air ambulance to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, police said.

Police said Cassada was turning right to head south on Monticello Street in Somerset when a 2003 GMC Sonoma driven by Patrick Hunter, 41, of Somerset collided with Cassada's 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Cassada and Hunter were not injured. They stopped in the southbound lane to wait for police.

Before officers arrived, Cassada got out of his truck and was standing near it in the street about 6 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by Isidro Villasana.

Villasana, 48, of Ferguson told police he was blinded by the setting sun and couldn't see that there had been an accident or that people were standing in the road. The wreck remains under investigation.

It was was the first fatal accident in the Somerset city limits since 2008, according to a news release from Detective Lt. Shannon Smith.

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