UPDATE (10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023): The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is working to identify a man who was struck by a vehicle and killed early this morning.

The incident happened this morning around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Burning Springs Road and Kanawha Boulevard E. in the Belle area. The male pedestrian was crossing the highway near the intersection when he was struck. Deputies say he died on the scene.

According to Kanawha County deputies, the investigation determined that the male victim is suspected to have been “under the influence of drugs and inattentive” at the time the crash happened. Deputies also say the pedestrian is suspected to have violated state laws regarding the procedure for a pedestrian crossing a highway.

Deputies say the investigation found the driver was not in violation of any traffic laws that would have contributed to the crash and was not under the influence. The driver also did not sustain any injuries in the crash, the KCSO said.

Investigators are currently working with the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s office to identify the victim. Deputies say information on his identity will be released at a later time.

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV – (WOWK) A pedestrian was killed when they were hit by a car early Wednesday morning in eastern Kanawha County.

Metro 911 dispatchers confirm the victim was hit near the intersection of Burning Springs Road and Kanawha Boulevard East just after 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The victim died on the scene. The driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tells WOWK 13 News the victim appeared to be in his 30s.

Road closures are expected as Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the incident.