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Cabell County, WV Sheriff Releases Identity of Deputy Who Struck and Killed Girl

A vigil for West Virginia accident victim who was killed in crash

Huntington, WV – The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office recently released the identity of a deputy who struck and killed a 13-year-old girl while driving his cruiser in Huntington, West Virginia. According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, the deputy involved in the incident was Jeffrey Racer. Family members have identified the deceased as Laney Hudson.

The pedestrian accident occurred around 10:25 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022, near the intersection of 5th Avenue and 31st Street in Huntington, WV. Deputy Racer remained at the scene following the crash and subsequently passed all sobriety tests. West Virginia State Police are investigating the fatal pedestrian accident, and Deputy Racer has been placed on administrative leave pending its outcome. 

Friends, family, and members of the community held a vigil for the victim in Huntington, WV, on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Some of the attendees carried signs demanding accountability for the crash.

Although the cause of the incident remains uncertain, one thing is clear—pedestrian accident fatalities have risen dramatically over the last few decades. And those pedestrian accidents that don’t result in death often cause serious injuries. Reasons identified for this spike in pedestrian accidents include cellular phone use by drivers and pedestrians and an increase in alcohol and drug abuse. Given the seriousness of pedestrian accidents, it is essential to seek the advice of an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible following such an incident. 

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