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Man killed in pedestrian accident while walking to wedding



WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - A 64-year-old Canonsburg man died after getting hit by a vehicle on Friday as he was crossing a busy roadway in Washington County, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Dan Kapis died just before 5 p.m. Friday in the emergency room at Allegheny General Hospital, where he was taken following the accident that occurred about an hour earlier, police said.

Investigators said Kapis was walking across Route 19 in North Strabane when he was struck. He was on his way to a wedding.

The couple who invited Kapis to their wedding said he was an extremely lonely man who didn’t have much. They said he often talked about how excited he was for their big day.

“When I found out it was him, it took me back and there was a gasp in the church when I made the announcement yesterday,” the Rev. John Batykefer said. “He was an usher at 10 o’clock Mass every Sunday.”

Batykefer said one particular detail of the accident was heartbreaking.

“From what I understand, he had a gift in his hand that they found at the scene of the accident,” Batykefer said.

The couple said it was a wedding card and a $25 gift certificate to the Olive Garden.

The groom asked his Facebook friends to pray for Kapis and the driver who accidentally hit him.

“Our friend, Dan K., was hit and killed by a car crossing the highway on his way to our wedding. Words cannot express the grief my new wife and I have experienced trying to make sense of this loss. Dan was a very special man,” the groom wrote.

The couple said they went to Olive Garden Sunday night in Kapis’ honor.

Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.