Sunday, July 22, 2012

UPDATE: Courtesy Safety Patrol Officer Killed on I-77

UPDATE: Courtesy Safety Patrol Officer Killed on I-77

UPDATED 7/22/12  6:20pm EST
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) – A courtesy patrol officer was hit and killed by a car early Sunday morning.

The accident happened at about 2:00 along the West Virginia Turnpike -- I-77 by mile marker 50 near Pax, West Virginia.

The courtesy patrol officer was helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road when he was hit by the other vehicle

The West Virginia State Police said that the driver of the vehicle which struck the patrolman may have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to the preliminary investigation. However, the investigation is ongoing.

The name of the victim has not been released, although state police say it was a man in his older-50’s or early-60’s.

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A safety patrol officer with the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol is dead after being hit by a passing car while helping a stranded motorist.

It happened about 2 a.m. Sunday near the Pax exit on Interstate 77.

According to Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police, the victim was helping a stranded motrists when the driver of a passing car fell asleep and struck the officer. Sgt. Baylous says that's the findings of a preliminary investigation.

Troopers are not releasing the victim's name at this time, and continue to investigate the accident.

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