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Police identify pedestrian killed on Charles Town Bypass

August 19, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A Ranson, W.Va., man who was struck and killed while walking on the Charles Town Bypass Sunday night has been identified as Juan Farina, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Farina, 77, was on the eastbound side of the bypass when he was struck by a 2007 Honda Accord near the U.S. 340 interchange, said Sgt. Victor Lupis.

"He was actually walking in the middle of the road," Lupis said.

Lupis said he did not know why Farina, who was killed instantly, was walking on the bypass, which is W.Va. 9 and loops east of Charles Town.

Lupis declined to identify the Delaware driver who struck Farina because he said it was not her fault and she was upset about the accident.

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That part of the bypass is dark and by the time the woman saw Farina, she could not avoid hitting him with the front driver's-side of the car, Lupis said.

The woman called 911 after striking Farina and police were notified at 10:14 p.m., Lupis said.

The woman driving the Honda was preparing to get off the bypass at the interchange, which is near the Sheetz on East Washington Street, Lupis said.

Lupis said he thinks Farina worked in the area.

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