The Seward County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who fled a traffic stop in Seward County and was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 80.

Michael L. Shadbolt, 26, of Peoria, Illinois, was headed east on I-80 near Milford about 3:15 p.m. Thursday when a Seward County sheriff’s deputy pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop.

In a search of the vehicle, the deputy found “a large number of narcotics,” according to a press release.

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Shadbolt, who was the only person in the vehicle, ran into the eastbound lanes of traffic, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was struck by a westbound vehicle and taken to Seward Memorial Hospital , where he was pronounced dead.

No one else was injured.

Following state law, a grand jury will be convened to review the death, which is considered an in-custody death.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the Nebraska State Patrol to investigate.

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliaconleyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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