Tuesday, October 8, 2013

West Virginia: British Couple in 70s Hit, Killed While Crossing Busy Freeway in Barboursville

According to The New York Daily News, Brenda and Edward McElroy, 70 and 76, respectively, from Lancashire, England, were killed while vacationing in West Virginia on Tuesday (October 8) and attempting to cross a five-lane freeway at 2000 hours in the evening.

The McElroys were reportedly attempting to cross the freeway during hours of darkness to have dinner at a restaurant recommended by hotel staff when they were hit by the driver of a pickup truck. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene. 

COMMENT: A registered nurse attempted to save the couple from Blackpool, but their injuries were too severe. They were killed while attempting to cross the Route 60 freeway. 

The 56-year-old woman driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital and treated for shock. Police at the scene reported that no charges were pending against the driver. 

Conceivably, the British couple in the confusion of the darkness may very well have looked the wrong way, having recently arrived in the US from the UK, where motorists drive on the "left," not the "right." 

Tragically, many visitors from the UK must be exceptionally careful as pedestrians or take a taxi a short distance, particularly at night, when bright lights from on-coming vehicles may be confusing. This particularly applies to the elderly.