UPDATE: Hit and run victim expected to recover


FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2021 3:30 P.M. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) The victim of the hit and run on Robert C. Byrd Drive is expected to recover.

Family members of David Linkswiler told 59 News that he is off life support and expected to recover. They say it will be a long journey, but he is expected to be released from the hospital in Charleston soon.

Beckley Police Officers said there are still no suspect leads.

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2021 3:30 P.M. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — David Linkswiler was crossing Robert C. Byrd Drive on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 with his dog around 6 p.m. Shortly after, a police car was in his brother, Paul’s, driveway.

“When he got out of the car, he had my brother’s dog with him. I said oh no something’s happened,” Paul Linkswiler said.

Beckley Police told 59News David was struck by a car in a hit and run. Paul said he was walking to do what he does every other night.

“David goes up there and helps the senior citizens at the Wildwood House, pretty much on a daily basis,” Linkswiler said.

Lt. Dave Allard with the Beckley Police Department said there was no debris on the road and there was one witness who could only give a few details. They are now doing whatever they can to find a suspect or a car.

“You go to the area, you look for surveillance video and you try to find something there. Maybe there’s car parts down the street where they fell off so we will examine that. Really, you just try and do anything you can that leads to a vehicle or a vehicle description at least,” Allard explained.

David is on life support at the ICU in Charleston. Paul said he does not understand why the person who hit him did not stop and turn around.

“If it was even the dog, we would’ve stopped to make sure we didn’t kill your pet. But this was a person,” Linkswiler said.

Now he and police ask for the community’s help in finding the person who did this.

“We’re really relying on the public to come forward and for someone to provide us with information if they saw anything,” said Allard.

“Help us get to the bottom of this thing and find some justice for David,” Linkswiler said.

Allard said they are looking into the camera footage of local businesses and also analyzing David’s clothing to see if that will give them any clues.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — One man was taken to the hospital after what police believe was a hit and run.

According to Raleigh County Dispatchers, the call came in around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Dispatchers said it appeared to be a hit and run at the intersection of Robert. C. Byrd Dr. and Cohen Street, but there were no witnesses. They said the man, who is in his late 40’s, was having a seizure when first responders arrived. He was then transported to a hospital in Charleston. 

Beckley Police officers told 59News there is no suspect or suspect vehicle. They also said the vehicle was traveling southbound and left the scene.

Beckley Fire Department, Bradley Fire Department, Jancare Ambulance, and Beckley Police Department all responded.

Details are limited at this time. Stick with 59 News as more updates become available.

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