Authorities in southwestern Missouri say a Springfield man on the side of a rural highway in Greene County was and killed by a vehicle.

Television station KYTV reports the crash happened Friday night on Highway 65 several miles north of Springfield near Bluegrass Road.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop D says 55-year-old Timothy Williams, of Springfield, was standing next to another vehicle on the side of the highway around 9 p.m. when he was hit.

Williams was an employee of Affordable Towing. He was out on the job when he was fatally struck. Williams would have celebrated his 56th birthday on Saturday, according to Affordable Towing.

The patrol said the driver of the vehicle that hit Williams was 27-year-old Christopher Rice. The patrol has not announced any charges in the case.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday night in honor of Williams at Broadway Freedom City Church.

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