Air 3 over the scene of the June 12 accident. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Ryann Tewell (Source: Tony Bennett, The Voice-Tribune)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 24-year-old woman who was killed while using a crosswalk in downtown Louisville and the driver who hit her never saw one another before the accident, according to a collision report.
The report from the Louisville Metro Police Department Traffic Unit, states a truck driven by William Hunter, had a green light and was making a right turn from East Main Street into the northbound lanes of the 2nd Street Bridge at 7:38 a.m. on Thursday, June 12. At the same time the truck was making the turn, Ryann Tewell was using the walk sign to cross Main Street. The truck hit her, knocking her over before dragging her onto the bridge.
The report states video of the accident supported statements made by witnesses that Hunter was not aware he had hit Tewell until he was flagged down by a passing motorist several hundred feet away from the scene.
Tewell was pronounced dead at the scene. The roadway remained closed for more than four hours to allow police to investigate.
Tewell was an alumnus of Sacred Heart Academy and Bellarmine University. Shortly after college, she landed a job at Humana. She was on her way to work at the time of the accident.
Advance Ready Mix, who owned the truck, released this statement following the accident:
"This was a tragic accident and our condolences go out to the family members and friends of the victim. We are working with police and conducting our own investigation to determine how this unfortunate accident occurred and any measures we may take to prevent a similar incident. The driver involved has a commercial driver's license and has been with the company for nearly a decade with no previous accidents on the job. He cooperated immediately with police answering questions and submitting to every test requested. He will be on indefinite leave from his job. Safety is our top concern which is yet another reason why this incident is so tragic and concerning to us."
It is not clear if charges will be filed against the driver. Tewell's family has filed a lawsuit against Advance Ready Mix.