Harpers Ferry man charged in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

July 25, 2011
  • James Horton
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The Jefferson County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Office has charged a Harpers Ferry man in connection with the death of a pedestrian who was struck in a hit-and-run accident Saturday afternoon on U.S. 340.

James Horton, 27, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, obstruction and fleeing from an officer, Sgt. R.L. Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies allege Horton was driving a Dodge Durango west on U.S. 340 in Harpers Ferry at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday when he struck Joshua Mitchell, 22, of Massachusetts, while Mitchell was walking on the side of the road.

Fletcher said the accident caused Mitchell to go airborne over a guardrail and down an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies found Horton late Saturday at a trailer park in Ranson, W.Va., Fletcher said. Horton allegedly ran from authorities and was arrested at about 9 p.m. after a foot chase.

Horton was taken to Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was being held Monday on a $210,000 bond, a jail employee said.

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