Roy McClellan, a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1, was killed by a hit-and-run driver last week as he walked down a highway in Nevada.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports McClellan had been in Pahrump, Nev., helping a friend renovate his house. After an argument with his friend, he left alone. McClellan’s friend later told his wife that he didn’t look like he was in his right mind at the time of the argument.
The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that McClellan was illegally walking in the right lane of the highway and was hit by a Chevy Camaro. The driver left the scene before law enforcement arrived.
When McClellan’s wife, Denise didn’t hear from him, she contacted the police to file a missing person’s report. She found out about her husband’s death when she read a news report of an unidentified man killed on the highway.
“I read the words ’52-year-old man’ and ‘Pahrump,’” she told the Review-Journal. “And I just knew.”
McClellan was described by his wife as, “someone who would give up his last dollar or give someone the shirt off his own back.”
On the night of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, McClellan took Denise home and ensured she was safe. He then drove back to the site of the attack to see if anyone else needed a ride home.
Denise said that her husband had struggled with depression most of his life, and it got much worse after the shooting.
“This is really messing with my head,” he told her the morning after the experience. Denise stated that her husband had been in therapy to deal with the trauma of the attack.
“He had a lot of friends and two sisters who loved him no matter what,” Denise said. “He had such a big heart and loved us so much, he just didn’t know how to be loved. I knew what I was getting into when I married him, but he loved me so much and he would never have let anyone harm me. He was my protector.”
Police have located the vehicle that hit McClellan, but so far have not made any arrests.
McClellan is the third Las Vegas survivor to die since the attack. Dennis and Lorraine Carver survived the massacre only to die in a car wreck just weeks later. On Oct. 16 their car took a sharp curve too fast and crashed into a brick column. The couple died on impact.
A GoFundMe account has been established to ease the financial burden on his family.