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UPDATE: School bus involved in fatal Mercer accident

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - Police say a man found dead on Stoney Ridge Road Thursday morning had been run over by a school bus, but it's unclear whether the impact directly caused his death.

During a news conference Friday, Senior Deputy A.M. Ballard with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department said investigators are not sure if 31-year-old Patrick Neal was alive or already deceased when the bus ran over him around 6:15 a.m.

The bus driver reported running over a dark object, but had no indication it was a human, investigators said.

Ballard said a lack of frontal damage to the bus could indicate the victim was not standing when the bus hit him.

There were no children on the bus at the time of the incident.

A second bus discovered the body around 7 a.m. The man was dead when first responders arrived on scene.

In a news release, Mercer County Schools said "the district is saddened by this tragic accident and wishes to express our sympathy to the family of the accident victim."

Click here to read the full statement from the school board

An autopsy is being performed by the state medical examiner. The incident remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Neal's sister, Teresa Pendergrass, tells WVVA News that in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations for funeral and burial costs be sent Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.

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BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - A man who was found dead after police say he was struck by a vehicle has been identified.

Patrick Neal, 31, of Bluefield, Va., was found dead on Stoney Ridge Road Thursday morning.

A news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. regarding the investigation.

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BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - A man found dead in a Mercer County roadway Thursday morning was struck and killed by a "commercial-sized" vehicle, according to investigators with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded to reports of a body lying in the roadway on Stoney Ridge Road at 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival they discovered a deceased white male.

The victim is described as a 31-year-old Bluefield, Va., resident. His name is not being released at this time.

From evidence gathered at the scene, it appears the man was walking on the roadway in a turn and was struck by a larger, commercial-sized vehicle. Police believe the accident occurred around two hours before the body was discovered.

The suspect vehicle left the scene and did not call 911.

A suspect, commercial-style vehicle is under investigation. Its description is not being released at this time.

The incident remains under investigation. Bluefield Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.

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BRUSHFORK (WVVA) -- Police are investigating a body found in Brushfork on Thursday.

According to a representative with the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept., the discovery was made on Stoney Ridge Road earlier in the morning.  

Presently, detectives with the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept. are on scene investigating.

Stay with WVVA on-air and online as additional details become available.

 

 

 

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