Community mourns woman killed crossing near 2nd Street Bridge

Published: Jun. 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2014 at 4:26 AM EDT
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Ryann Tewell (Source: Tony Bennett, The Voice-Tribune)
Ryann Tewell (Source: Tony Bennett, The Voice-Tribune)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A tragic accident during the morning commute Thursday has families across the Metro grieving.

Family, friends and even strangers consoled one another on social media when they discovered Ryann Tewell, 24, died trying to cross Second Street at the foot of the Clark Memorial Bridge.

Tewell was an alumnus of Sacred Heart Academy and Bellarmine University.

Classmates were still trying to process the tragedy on Twitter - some using the hashtag #SHAFamily.

Classmate Jessica Lynn wrote on the WAVE 3 News Facebook page, "So sad to hear this news. We went to Bellarmine together. Praying for Ryann and her family/friends."

Shortly after college, Tewell landed a job at Humana where she was walking to work Thursday morning. Tewell was hit by a concrete truck that made a right turn from Main Street onto the Clark Memorial Bridge.

Several tweets and Facebook posts reflected Mark Voiles' concern: "A no turn on red needs to be implemented immediately."

After learning of Tewell's death Humana released the following statement:

"All of us at Humana are deeply saddened by the tragic accident this morning, in which our colleague Ryann Tewell died. Ryann was relatively new to Humana, having joined the company in April of this year. But in that short time, she had already made a positive impact on her new friends and other co-workers at Humana. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryann's family, her friends, and everyone whose life Ryann touched."

Advance Ready Mix also released a 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."

Police said the driver was not aware he hit someone until witnesses to the accident flagged him down.

LMPD's accident reconstruction team will continue investigating the circumstances of the accident as the community mourns a young lady who had so much more to accomplish.

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