CHARLES TOWN – Police in Charles Town still aren’t making public the name of the man killed early Saturday when a vehicle struck him as he walked along U.S. 340.
The accident happened about 5:15 a.m. along the southbound lane near the John Adam Link overpass, Charles Town police reported.
Chief Chris Kutcher said the man who died would likely not be identified until after an autopsy was performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston.
The area where the man was hit does not have sidewalks or pedestrian crosswalks.
Shannon Hicks, an addition recovery coach at Jefferson County Community Ministries in downtown Charles
Town, said many homeless men and women as well as workers who don’t own cars are forced to navigate U.S. 340 as pedestrians.
For some people, the shoulder of the highway is their only route to jobs, shopping or government or medical services in Charles Town, and that route is unsafe, she said.
“Somebody’s going to get hurt,” Hicks said.