A Cleveland man was hit by a car and killed while walking down the middle of the road near the Mankato Regional Airport early Saturday morning. 21-year-old Travis Albright of Cleveland, Minnesota, was reportedly walking down the middle of Blue Earth County Road 12 at just before 6am Saturday when he was hit by a Chevy Cavalier driven by 30-year-old Jacob Gilbert of Medford. Gilbert told authorities that he initially thought he had hit a deer before pulling over. Albright suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, where he was pronounced dead. Gilbert had not been drinking and was not cited. The crash remains under investigation by Blue Earth County authorities with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol.