Police release name of teen killed by tractor-trailer on U.S. 522

January 05, 2012

The Morgan County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Office has released the name of a 17-year-old Berkeley Springs youth who was killed when he was struck by a tractor-trailer Wednesday night in the 10000 block of Valley Road near Cacapon State Park.

James Kyle Arkenau was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident, which occurred at about 6:25 p.m., according to a sheriff's office press release.

Deputies said Arkenau ran from the east side of the roadway and into the path of a Mack truck that was being driven north by Terry L. Foster of Marietta, Ohio.

Foster told police that he braked to avoid Arkenau, but he was unable to stop.

Arkenau was struck by the left-front bumper of the truck and thrown to the west side of the roadway, according to the release.

Berkeley Springs High School Principal Lance Fox said Thursday that Arkenau was not a student at the school.

He said counselors were available at the school to help students cope with Arkenau's death in case they knew him.

"Our counselors are here ready," Fox said. "We don't know what kind of contact our kids had with him."

Fox said he believed Arkenau attended a private school in Winchester, Va.

The truck was owned by R&J Truck and Body Inc. of Youngstown, Ohio.


— Dan Dearth

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