HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. — An investigation into the pedestrian death in the parking lot of the Huttonsville ParMar shows the incident was an accident and the driver will not be charged.

Randolph County Sheriff Rob Elbon said around 1:52 a.m. Debbie Bennett, 41, was walking near Route 250 wearing headphones, using her phone and facing away from traffic. Bennett stepped into the roadway as a vehicle was passing by and was hit.

The driver told investigators there was no chance to take evasive action to miss Bennett.

The investigation confirmed the driver was not impaired, but had consumed alcohol before the accident occurred.

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