The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 28, 2013

Fayette man hospitalized after being hit by car

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— A Meadow Bridge man was sent to Raleigh General Hospital Monday after being struck by a car on Sunday evening, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler reported.

According to Kessler, Zack Allen Zink, 20, was walking in the area of Cowtown Road near Meadow Bridge High School around 8 p.m. when a “suspect vehicle” described as a “small, red passenger car” struck him and fled the scene.

Kessler said responders from Meadow Bridge and Danese fire departments followed the red vehicle while maintaing radio contact with sheriff’s deputies.

Police stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Loops Road and Route 31 near Danese but had not made an arrest Monday.

Officials didn’t release the identity of the driver but confirmed he is also from Fayette County.

“We are getting conflicting stories from the involved parties at this time,” said Kessler. “The premilinary investigation indicates that there may have been some sort of incident between the two involved parties just prior to this incident in which Mr. Zink was allegedly struck by the vehicle.

“We are continuing to conduct interviews and gather evidence at this time in an effort to determine the exact nature of the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

According to Zink, he was walking with a female companion Sunday when the car passed him several times  then turned and struck him, throwing him into the air.

His companion called 911 to report it, he said.

Zink, the father of a 1-year-old son, said Monday he knows the male driver of the car. He added that he had once had a romantic relationship with a female passenger who was in the car at the time he was struck.

Zink suffered a broken leg and other injuries, he said.

“The ambulance people said (I’m) very lucky to be alive,” Zink reported. He added he believes the driver is a threat to others.

Kessler said the incident is still under investigation and asked anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-4216 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867 or to submit tips online via “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department” on Facebook or http://fayettesheriffwv.net.

Kessler was not immediately available for comment Monday.