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Name Of Pedestrian Killed On Patrick Street Bridge Released

Reported: Dec. 31, 2013 4:59 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 31, 2013 11:27 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Kallie Cart) - The Patrick Street Bridge is back open after being closed for several hours following a deadly accident.

Police say 55-year-old James Allen Ward was walking across the bridge around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and crossed both lanes of traffic in front of a flat bed pick-up truck that was hauling a trailer.

The driver told police he saw Ward cross the road, but after the truck passed, he fell and went in-between the truck and the trailer. Ward died from his injuries.

Charleston police officers say the driver will not be cited for the accident.

"The vehicle had the right-of-way in the traffic lane and the pedestrian was walking not in a crosswalk where a pedestrian should walk," said Cpl. Brian Jones.

Police say Ward was a homeless man, but did have family in the area.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Metro 911 said MacCorkle Avenue and the Patrick Street Bridge are shut down for an undetermined amount of time after a pedestrian was struck and killed.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m.Tuesday.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- The Patrick Street Bridge in Charleston was shut down Tuesday afternoon after a pedestrian was struck and killed, Metro 911 said.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m., an emergency dispatcher said. The man was struck by a vehicle hauling a trailer.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. More details will be provided as it becomes available.



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