Dale Sharpe, an Australian storm-chaser, landscape photographer and Nikon Ambassador has passed away after a tragic roadside accident while in the United States.

According to The Wichita Eagle, a local paper in Kansas, Sharpe was killed when he was hit by a vehicle after suffering car problems of his own.

The report says Sharpe was traveling northbound on highway K-2 when his vehicle made contact with a deer and ultimately came to a stop in the southbound lane due to the damage not long after midnight on June 20, 2019, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash report.

To seek safety while making a call for assistance, Sharpe moved to the side of the road. Shortly after, a vehicle traveling southbound attempted to avoid Sharpe's broken-down car when it swerved off the road and into the same ditch Sharpe had tried to run to for safety. Sharpe was taken to Harper County Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:14 a.m. local time.

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The driver of the vehicle who hit Sharpe was unharmed. A Kansas Highway Patrol spokesperson told The Wichita Eagle that the 45-year-old man driving the vehicle was ‘driving in accordance to the law and will not be charged.’

Sharpe, who was 36 years old, is survived by his wife, Karlie Russell, who served as a partner in their photography business, DK Photography, as well as his daughter, Mia.

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In a statement to DPReview, Nikon Inc. said ‘We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Dale Sharpe. He was a talented photographer and a valued member of our community. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and all those that he inspired through his work.’

Two separate GoFundMe campaigns (’Bring Dale Home’ and ‘Memorial Fund for Dale Sharpe DK Photography’) have been set up for the Russell family. Per the DK Photography Facebook post, DPReview did not contact anyone to verify the GoFundMe campaigns out of respect for their privacy.