Pedestrian Killed In Street Accident

A man died Friday morning after he was struck by a pickup truck while walking through the intersection of Zane Highway and Hanover Street and then run over by the vehicle.

According to Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, the man was pronounced dead Friday upon his arrival at East Ohio Regional Hospital. McFarland declined to release the man’s name on Friday, but said he is believed to be in his 50s.

The man was walking eastbound across Zane Highway from the Convenient Food Mart to the Starfire Gas Station around 11:20 a.m. Friday.

The pickup truck was traveling westbound on Hanover Street and stopped at the stop sign before turning north onto Zane Highway.

The pickup truck struck the man as he was crossing the roadway, then ran over his body, McFarland said. The man was unresponsive by the time police arrived on the scene.

Brian Cooper witnessed the accident and was among a group of people gathered in the parking lot of a nearby business. Cooper watched as emergency medical staff performed CPR on the injured man for before loading him into the ambulance and transporting him to the hospital.

Following the accident, police directed the driver of the pickup truck to park his vehicle behind the nearby gas station.

Officers blocked off a section of Huron Street to traffic by parking a cruiser in the middle of the roadway. One officer was directing traffic through the site of the accident, while two others interviewed witnesses, including the driver of the pickup truck.

“The case file will be forwarded to the Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office, and they will decide what, if any, charges will be filed,” McFarland said.

Police, as well as the driver of the truck, had cleared the scene by noon.