Police investigate fatal hit-and-run

ELKINS – The Randolph County’s Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened early Sunday morning on the Beverly Five-Lane in Elkins, killing a pedestrian.

Sheriff’s deputies initially responded at around 11 a.m. Sunday for a report of a body just off the northbound side of U.S. 219/250 near M&S Electronics and Masterpiece Rentals.

Sheriff’s deputies remained on the scene for more than an hour and have been collecting evidence from surveillance cameras in the area.

After a brief initial investigation, officials determined the accident occurred at 3:07 a.m.

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said the incident appears to be a hit-and-run, judging from surveillance footage.

“(The victim) he was on foot,” Brady said. “He was struck by another vehicle. No one noticed him until then (11 a.m).”

“We do have video of the vehicle striking the pedestrian,” Brady added. “Deputies still are reviewing footage. As of now, nobody is under arrest. We are still working on gathering information, including additional surveillance footage.”

Brady said the identity of the victim is being withheld, pending notification of family members.

No other information was available at presstime.

The sheriff’s office urges anyone with knowledge about the incident to call the department through the Randolph County 911 Center or at 304-636-2111. Anonymous tips also may be called in to 304-636-TIPS (8477).

– Contact Matthew Burdette at 304-636-2121, ext. 120 or via email at mburdette@theintermountain.com. Follow him on Twitter at IMT_Burdette.