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UPDATE: Neighbors Question if Fatal Accident was Preventable

By: Rahel Solomon, Steffany Hiett, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Steffany Hiett, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 10:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fatal accident along a dark stretch of MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans is now raising questions about if better lighting could have prevented the incident.

About 8 p.m. Thursday, a truck driver traveling along MacCorkle Avenue near Austin Drive hit and killed Angela Oxley. Oxley was walking along MacCorkle Avenue with her 18-year-old and 3-year-old daughters.

“It's so tragic, this close,” Cherie Downey said. Downey lives beside the scene of the accident. “We could use some more lights.”

Downey tells WSAZ.com she has lived in the area for nearly 40 years, and the lack of lighting is worrisome for her and other neighbors.

West Virginia Department of Transportation officials tell WSAZ.com Thursday’s accident, while tragic, doesn’t justify more lighting.

“There are so many areas on West Virginia roads where it's just not feasible, it's not reasonable to light certain stretches of roadway,” DOT spokesman Brent Walker said.

Walkers tells WSAZ.com because the scene of the accident doesn’t see much foot traffic, it’s unlikely lights will be installed and urge pedestrians to avoid the area.



UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of a woman hit and killed on MacCorkle Avenue Thursday night is speaking out about their grief.

Angela Oxley, 37, of St. Albans was a beloved wife and mother of four daughters.

Two of them were right next to her when a passing truck hit her near the entrance to Austin Drive.

Daughter Mikayla Paul said she was towing her 3-year-old sister Cheyenne in a wagon while their mother walked alongside them nearest to the road.

"I just heard a big boom and I turned around to ask my mom if she heard that," Mikayla said between tears. "But she wasn't there."

Family members say Angela worked at the Gino's along West Main Street and had recently lost her driver's license.

They say she was walking to work to pick up her paycheck and get dinner for the family.

"My little girls aren't going to have their mommy," her husband Jeff Paul said. "She's going to miss out on a lot of stuff with them."

Now, he's calling for all drivers to slow down on the dimly-lit road and spare other families the heart-wrenching pain.

"People fly down here," he said. "All I'm worried about is kids going out on the road."

Police tell WSAZ.com the truck driver in the accident is not being charged.



UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 2:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police have identified the woman hit and killed on MacCorkle Ave. in St. Albans.

Troopers say Angela Oxley, 37, of St. Albans, was walking along the road about 8 p.m. when a passing truck hit and killed her.

Oxley had two daughters with her at the time. Neither of them were hurt.

Family members tell WSAZ.com Oxley worked at Gino's on West Main Street. They say she was walking there to pick up dinner for her family and her paycheck.

The truck driver has not been charged.

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UPDATE 10/3/13 @ 9:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A pedestrian has been hit and killed by a truck in St. Albans.

Police say a woman was hit at about 8 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Maccorkle Avenue and Austin Drive.

Police say she was pulling a wagon with two children in it at the time of the accident.

The children were not hurt.

Officers say the woman was 34-years-old.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the truck.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/3/13 @ 7:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County 911 dispatchers say a pedestrian has been hit and killed by a car at the intersection of Maccorkle Avenue and Austin Drive in St. Albans.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the road is closed in both directions.

We have a crew at the scene.

No word on when the road will be reopened.

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