EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTrooper Injured In Hit And Run Reinforces Need To Follow "Move Over" Law
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jun. 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 8:47 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A state trooper is recovering after being involved in a hit and run on the interstate, and troopers are calling it a completely avoidable accident.
Trooper First Class D.R. White was injured after parking his cruiser on the shoulder of I-77 in Mercer County to pick up debris on the side of the road. His light bar was flashing.
Troopers say this incident raises awareness of a larger issue that puts countless lives in danger everyday.
"See, this guy could have moved over," says 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous, as he points out cars that are breaking the law.
"For whatever reason, they're making no attempt at all to move over, they're just watching over here to see what's going on," he says.
Trooper White was injured around 5:00 Thursday morning. Troopers believe he was clipped by the passenger side mirror of a vehicle that did not attempt to stop and render aid. He had to crawl off the interstate back to his cruiser to call for help, Baylous says.
"He may have been unconscious for some amount of time because he marked out of his cruiser at about 5:12 a.m. and it was about 5:21 a.m. by the time he reached his cruiser and had to call for medical assistance," Baylous said.
Baylous believes the accident could have been avoided if the driver would have followed state law and moved over when they saw the emergency vehicle.
June is National Move Over Awareness Month. The campaign brings attention to an issue some may not even realize is such a problem.
Statistics shows that more than 150 officers have been hit and killed by cars since 1999 along highway across the country.
Eyewitness News cameras caught several cars, and tractor trailers failing to move over when they could have.
"It comes down to common sense on the roadways," Baylous says.
White was released from the hospital. If you have any information on who hit him, call state police.
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