A motorist who struck a pedestrian in downtown Beckley has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, police reported.

Just before 9 p.m. Jan. 20, Toura J. Farid, 65, of Beckley, was turning left from West Neville Street onto Robert C. Byrd Drive, according to the Beckley Police Department. He then struck Julianne Sweatte, 43, of Beckley, in the northbound lane of Byrd Drive with the 2004 Lexus he was driving. Others were crossing the street with Sweatte, but they were not struck.

Cpl. P.A. Blume, the investigating officer, said Farid had the right-of-way when he made the turn at the green light. He also noted Sweatte was not crossing at a designated crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing. Being that it was at night, it would have been difficult for Farid to see her. Witnesses at the scene were interviewed as well. “There is nothing criminal on the driver’s part,” Blume said. “... As far as I’m concerned, the case is closed.”

Sweatte was taken to Raleigh General Hospital after the accident and, at that time, was expected to be transferred elsewhere for surgery, according to police. The Register-Herald contacted Beckley hospitals and Charleston Area Medical Center for an update on Sweatte’s condition, but none had her in patient listings.

— E-mail: apridemore@register-herald.com

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