At the moment he was struck down, William Corum had his back to the highway.
Which is why he didn't see the tire coming as he worked 1,000 feet away.
But it flew toward him at about 60 mph, according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Roger Reyes.
''It was a total freak accident,'' said Corum's sister, Donna Cheatham. ``It's like a massive area and to have bee-lined right to him is just incredible. He could've been five inches one way or the other and it would've missed him.''
The tire struck his right side, rim and all, rolled up Corum's back to his head and knocked him unconscious. That was a week ago today. He died four days later, on Easter Sunday[...]