Pedestrian struck and killed along Pellissippi Parkway

Pedestrian struck and killed along Pellissippi Parkway

6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A pedestrian was killed along Pellissippi Parkway in the early morning hours Saturday, and police say several factors may be to blame.

It happened around 6 a.m. at the southern end of the parkway near Alcoa.

Blount County deputies say Timothy Hooper of Maryville was driving to work and heading north along the parkway. A pedestrian identified Edward Batchelor, 27, of Louisville attempted to cross the interstate near Russell Road. That's when authorities say Hooper struck and killed him.

They believe the heavy rain falling at the time may have caused Hooper not to see the man until it was too late.

"I don't think people are really paying attention," said Holly Pearce. "I don't think they'd expect somebody to be walking down the side of the road."

Pearce drives this stretch of Pellissippi Parkway every Wednesday and Saturday for school. While speed didn't appear to be a factor in this crash, she says sometimes drivers can be a little aggressive.

"The speed limit is 65 and I would say everyone is going closer to 80-85," said Pearce.

She was on the road this morning heading to class and says the weather only made conditions worse.

"The visibility isn't as great and people are hitting their brakes more often and it's very slick," said Pearce. "It's not great conditions to be walking in."

Officials say Batchelor may have also been under the influence and could have played a key part in the accident.

So far no charges have been filed against the driver.

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