UPDATE: Family Asking for More Safety on Corridor G After Deadly Accident

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UPDATE 9/25/15 @ 6:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The family of a man who died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle earlier this week is now asking officials to make Corridor G more pedestrian friendly.

John Jump, 30, of Nitro, died Thursday afternoon, after he was hit from behind along U.S. 119 while riding his bike home from work. Family members say Jump suffered a brain injury, a pelvic fracture, and a lower leg fracture.

“This highway can take lives, and not just of the drivers. Please, look out for everyone and build a sidewalk or add a bike lane,” said Elizabeth Scott, John Jump’s sister. “It’s just not fair. Especially when there’s so many things that could have been done to prevent it. It was an accident. But, there were many things that could have prevented it.”

The West Virginia Department of Transportation does not have any plans to add either a bike lane or sidewalk to Corridor G, fearing it could lead to more pedestrian traffic, and then more accidents.

“When you have traffic that is pushing 70 miles per hour in some areas, and certainly when they’re exceeding the speed limit, the last thing we need are pedestrians on that roadway,” said WVDOT Spokesperson Brent Walker. “Bicyclists certainly have a right to be on that road, but it’s not something that we would suggest.”

The driver in Wednesday’s accident was not injured and has not been charged.

Jump’s family is trying to raise money to help with John’s viewing, as well as to help his three kids and fiancée. An account has been created at SunTrust Bank in John’s name. Anyone can donate nationwide at any SunTrust Bank location.



UPDATE 9/24/15 @ 7:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police, along with family members of the man hit by a car Wednesday morning, say he has died of his injuries.

They say John Jump, 30, of Nitro, died Thursday afternoon around 3:00 p.m at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Jump was riding his bicycle home from work Wednesday morning when he was hit from behind along U.S. 119 just north of the Trace Fork Boulevard entrance in Charleston. Family members said he suffered a brain injury, a pelvic fracture, and a lower leg fracture.

Jump leaves behind three children and a fiance. Scott says Jump did not have life insurance so she and Jump's twin brother, James, are starting a GoFundMe account to setup trust funds for his kids.

This is the second time a person has been hit by a car along this stretch of road in just two weeks. Police are still searching for the driver who hit and killed a man on the same road, just a half mile south of where Jump was hit.

The driver was not hurt in the crash. Police say the driver has not been charged.



UPDATE 9/23/15 @ 11:21 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's always non-stop traffic along U.S. 119 in Charleston, a road that carries thousands to work and shop each day.

However, not all those people are in cars.

"You see people walking to work. You see people holding the signs," said Danielle Chandler.

Chandler doesn't just see those people; sometimes she is one.

"I've been out there walking and I have my headphones in, and like, I can feel the speed of the car beside me," Chandler said.

Sadly, in the last two weeks, two people have had closer calls.

"Never thought about it. Never thought this would happen, especially to him," said James Jump.

Jump's twin brother, John, was riding his bicycle home from work Wednesday morning when he was hit from behind.

"Right now, he has a brain injury, a pelvic fracture, and a lower leg fracture," James Jump said.

While John fights for his life, police are still searching for the driver who hit and killed a man on the same road, just a half mile south.

In fact, John's fiance worried about his safety after that incident.

"Two people have gotten hurt in the past two weeks, so something does need to be done about that," James Jump said.

However, what can be done is the question.

Department of Highway officials say they realize the increase in shops has increased foot traffic. However, they fear adding a sidewalk would encourage more pedestrians and cause more accidents.

That means the only short-term solution might be the responsibility of drivers and pedestrians to pay attention.

The driver who hit John has not been charged. He stopped and was cooperative with police.



UPDATE 9/23/15 @ 9:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released the name of the person hit along Corridor G in Charleston.

According to a news release, John Jump, 30, of Nitro, was riding his bike in the northbound slow lane when he was hit by a car. This happened about 5 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Trace Fork.

Police say Jump is currently in critical condition at CAMC General.

The driver has not been charged.

Police are still investigating the incident, but Corridor G was reopened about 7 a.m. to allow for the morning rush hour traffic.

Investigators will be back at the scene Wednesday to continue their investigation. Officers say drivers should expect lane closures while crews reconstruct the scene.

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UPDATE 9/23/15 @ 6:55 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The northbound lanes of Corridor G are now back open to traffic after a pedestrian was hit early Wednesday morning.

Charleston Police say a man on a bicycle was hit by a car while riding in the slow lane of U.S. 119 North about 5 a.m.

Police tell WSAZ that man is in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Neither the bicyclist's or the driver's name are being released at this time.

Charleston Police spent a couple of hours at the scene investigating the incident. Police cleared the scene about 7 a.m. after a tow truck removed the car and bicycle from the road.

Police say they will be back later Wednesday to continue their investigation. Police marked the scene early Wednesday morning. When they return later today they will close one lane at a time while they work to determine what caused the accident.

Drivers should expect delays Wednesday when police return to the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/23/15 @ 5:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The northbound lanes of Corridor G (U.S 119) are shutdown at Trace Fork after a person was hit by a car.

It happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

A Metro 911 dispatcher told WSAZ that there is no word on that person's condition.

Drivers are being asked to avoid this area of Corridor G. No word yet on when the northbound lanes will reopen.

We have a WSAZ news crew at the scene gathering more information.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



 
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