UPDATE: Friend Devastated after Fatal Dirt Bike Accident

By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/17/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- On Nebo School Road, there's little indication of a horrible accident that killed a teenage boy Tuesday evening.

But for neighbors like Linda Cottrell, who witnessed the crash with her 14-year-old grandson, the images are terrifyingly unforgettable.

“He started shaking and said, 'Not him, not him, and I just held him,'” Cottrell said of her grandson’s reaction to the accident.

Cottrell was immediately behind the car that hit 15-year-old Robert Lee Bowman.

The victim, who friends and family call Robby, was a good friend of
Cottrell’s grandson Dalton.

Bowman is from the Duck area of Clay County, but Cottrell said he was in the area Tuesday looking for Dalton.

“He said, 'That's my friend grandma, and I said I know it is,'” Cottrell said of when Dalton discovered the boy hit was his friend.

The accident happened about 5:30 Tuesday evening.

Bowman pulled onto W.Va. 16 from Nebo School Road when he was hit by the car, according to West Virginia State Police.

Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cottrell said the news has devastated her grandson.

Family friends tell WSAZ.com simply that they miss Bowman.

Investigators say Bowman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, though it wasn’t fastened properly.

State Police said no charges will be filed against the driver because she couldn’t see Robby from the road.

UPDATE 7/17/13 @8:55 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- No charges will be filed in a fatal accident in Clay County.

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Nebo School Road.

A spokesperson with West Virginia State Police tells WSAZ.com Robert Lee Bowman, 15, was riding his dirt bike when pulled out in front of a car and was hit. Bowman was wearing a helmet, but it wasn't fastened properly, according to investigators.

State Police say the driver couldn't see Bowman before he pulled out on the road. No charges will be filed in the accident.

Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.

CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 15-year-old boy died Tuesday evening in an accident between a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of W.Va. 16 and Nebo School Road, West Virginia State Police say.

It happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as the boy was riding the motorcycle on Nebo School Road, troopers say. The boy pulled out onto W.Va. 16 and was hit by an oncoming car.

He died at the scene.

The driver of the car was shaken up but not hurt. No charges will be filed against that driver, troopers say.

The boy's name is not being released at this time.

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