Look Alert: Second Pedestrian Fatality in Morgantown in a Month

Morgantown Police are investigating and fatal hit and run accident that happened early in the morning on September 15, 2013.  Police continue to search for the vehicle and driver which killed this student pedestrian on Patteson Drive in an area between Krepps Park and Arby’s.

According to a Morgantown Police Department news release, a vehicle was traveling east on Patteson Drive when it struck a pedestrian in the roadway. The vehicle then fled the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Morgantown Police Department at (304) 284-7522.

Second Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Morgantown within a Month

The incident marks the second pedestrian hit and killed by a vehicle in the past 30 days in Morgantown. On Aug. 20, a man was driving along South High Street when he struck and killed an elderly Morgantown gentleman as he was attempting to cross the street.

Local Morgantown drivers need to stay alert and be aware, especially at night when visibility is diminished, for the sake of pedestrians crossing streets, especially downtown on High and Spruce Streets, and along Van Voorhis Road, Chestnut Ridge Road, and Patteson Drive.

Hit and Run Drivers Need to be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law

Car accidents are sometimes understandable mistakes or are simply unavoidable. But as soon as drivers flee the scene in order to avoid responsibility, the accident becomes a crime. In cases like this one, families often file wrongful death lawsuits against hit-and-run drivers in addition to criminal charges.

We need to send a message to hit-and-run drivers which is:  you will be caught, and you will be prosecuted, so don’t make matters worse for yourself or anyone else involved.

Source:  The Dominion Post, “Student Killed in hit-and-run” by Alex Lang, September 16, 2013, http://www.dominionpost.com

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