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Wife of I-94 accident victim speaks out
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The wife of a man who was hit and killed on I-94 late Sunday night while trying to outrun police graciously sat down Tuesday to speak with Newschannel 3.
Police say 30-year-old Aaron Tobias was initially driving a truck on eastbound I-94.
A Portage safety officer tried to pull him over near the Portage Road exit, and that set off a bizarre series of events.
Tobias' wife Stephanie told Newschannel 3 that he leaves behind two children, with a third on the way.
She says she was at her brother's house Sunday night, and that Aaron was supposed to pick up a friend and come right back.
Portage police say 30-year-old Aaron Tobias was driving a truck eastbound on I-94 when an officer tried to pull him over.
As you can see in the dash cam video, Tobias pulls his truck over onto the off ramp to Portage Road.
Then all of a sudden, Tobias speeds back on to the highway. He stops his truck next to the median, and jumps over the wall.
Portage Police say Tobias made it past two lanes of traffic on westbound I-94, but was hit by a car in the third lane, and died at the scene.
We asked Tobias' wife Stephanie why she thinks her husband ran from police.
I guess he watched to many episodes of cops or something, what do you do? You run, she said.
Court records show Tobias was a parole absconder in Kalamazoo.
He served time in prison for meth possession, and was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer in Barry County in 2003.
I mean he had his demons, I have my skeletons and demons, we all have them and he didn't give up, I'll tell you that, Stephanie said. He was determined and did not give up.
Stephanie tells us she wants her husband to be remembered for the good man that he was.
He had such a great heart, an amazing father, husband, an amazing friend, everyone loved him, she said.
Stephanie says Aaron was also an amazing tattoo artist, and it still hasn't sunk in that he's gone.
There's no moving forward; I don't believe in stepping out; I mean, I'm a widow, she said. My time will come again when I see my husband on the other side, so I live right now with my kids and my future with my husband.
Michigan State Police are investigating how this all could have happened in the first place.