January 2, 2023
News Release | AP
WV State News
People gather at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 31st Street (U.S. 60) in Huntington, W.Va., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, for a candlelight vigil after a 13-year-old girl was struck and killed there Friday by a vehicle driven by an off-duty Cabell County Sheriff's deputy. Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said the deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, was traveling to refuel the vehicle. /AP Photo
HUNTINGTON, WV - An off-duty sheriff’s deputy in West Virginia fatally struck a child with his patrol car, police said.
The girl was struck Friday night by a Cabell County sheriff’s deputy who was driving near an intersection in the east end of Huntington, city Police Chief Karl Colder said in a statement.
Colder said West Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.
Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said the deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, was traveling to refuel the vehicle.
Police have not released the 13-year-old’s identity. A crowd gathered at a corner of the intersection for a candlelight vigil Sunday, holding signs that read “Justice for Laney.”
State Police Sgt. B.K. Wellman asked for patience during the investigation, telling news outlets that investigators will reconstruct the accident scene and retrieve data from the vehicle to determine its speed at the time.