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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown man who was killed on Tuesday just raking leaves in his yard is being remembered tonight for someone who really cared about his community.

Earl Douthitt was just raking leaves outside his home Tuesday when the unthinkable happened.

A van veered off of Glenwood Avenue, ran over the curb and hit the 61 year old man, killing him instantly.

The victim's son says his father was a very active member of his community.

"My dad was a good community leader everybody knew him in the community he was well known. Everybody says he was a hard worker. He was a good guy," according to Nick Douthitt.

Nick says his father cut the grass at the church across the street and volunteered at the Salvation Army nearby.

Police say they are still trying to determine what caused the driver to go off the road.

People who live in this area say it's a very dangerous curve and more than just one life has been lost here.

"We've seen many deaths right here on this corner. We're praying the city can change this corner put some guard rails up whatever they need to do so we don't have any more deaths on this corner," says Nick Douthitt.

Earl was originally from Cleveland but called Youngstown home for about a decade.

He was a big football fan and even played for the Chicago Bears in the 1970's.

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