A student from Cabell Midland High School passed away on Thursday after being hit by a car on Interstate 64 not far from the school.
The boy, who is thought to be 17 years old, was involved in some sort of fight at the school, according to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, who told MetroNews that at around 2 p.m. his mother arrived to pick him up. Before the car left the Cabell Midland grounds, the student, according to Zerkle, leaped out and raced toward the freeway, where he was hit by a Jeep.
“He exited the vehicle and took off running,” “He went across school property over by the football field and went up on the interstate.”
“He (the deputy) pulled up and he (the student) jumped the guardrail and was running across the interstate and got hit,”.
“He saw the deputy’s car and he was running from his mother… I would just assume he was trying to get across the interstate and get away from everybody I guess,”.
There was no time for the Jeep’s driver to stop, the Jeep was rear-ended by a car behind it, causing it to slip and flip over. For a few hours, eastbound traffic was slowed. It’s a horrible situation
“one of his deputies was in the vicinity and observed the boy. The student was pronounced dead at a Huntington hospital. It seems he was trying to make it across I-64”.
“A young boy like this and something happens like this it’s horrible. A young boy, a good-looking kid, it’s sad,”.
Cabell County Schools spokeswoman Jedd Flowers told MetroNews that support workers would be available at the school Friday for children.
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He stated thoughts and prayers with the student’s family and others associated with the school. Milton police are investigating.