HURRICANE – Police have identified a man killed in a fatal car-versus-pedestrian accident in Hurricane Tuesday morning.
Bruce A. Smale, 52, of Arkansas, has been identified as the person killed in the incident, according to a Hurricane City Police Department press release.
Smale was reportedly hit and killed by a 1994 black Ford Mustang early Tuesday morning.
Hurricane resident Randahl Keith Hill, 25, was identified as the driver of the vehicle and has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Hill and Smale knew each other, according to another statement released by Hurricane City Police, and had been drinking alcoholic beverages together throughout the night prior to the incident.
Hill told police that Smale was on the hood of his vehicle as he drove away very quickly from the incident location, according to the statement, and that he continued driving after Smale fell off the car. Witnesses also confirmed seeing Smale on the hood of the car.
Detectives are still investigating why Smale was on the hood of the vehicle to begin with, according to the statement.
Hill was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility for automobile homicide, a third-degree felony; leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor; and driving under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor.
Smale’s body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy, according to the press release.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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