Avon accident: No charges expected in ped death
Nearly 24 hours after a pedestrian was killed trying to cross Avon Street Thursday night, there are no charges against the driver, and police say they believe the pedestrian–- 63-year-old Horace Clay Atkins–- was outside a crosswalk when he was struck.
Atkins, who lived on Avon Street, was struck in the 400 block of Avon Street at around 9:20pm March 26, according to a release. He died before EMTs arrived.
The 22-year-old male driver of the car that struck Atkins remained at the scene and called for help, according to the release, and police do not believe that alcohol was involved on the driver's part.
Atkins, however, was in possession of alcohol at the time of his death and an autopsy and toxicology screen are currently being conducted at the University of Virginia Medical Examiner's Office to help determine if alcohol played a role in the accident.
The accident occurred just two weeks after the city began implementing $700,000 worth of pedestrian safety improvements.
–originally posted 12:35am, March 27 and headlined, "Ped killed on Avon Street"