HURRICANE – Police announced the arrest of a 25-year-old Hurricane man in connection with an incident that left another man dead in Hurricane early Tuesday morning.
Police responded to the area of 300 N. 35 West just after 5 a.m. and found a man lying in the roadway who was confirmed dead at the scene – the victim of an apparent car-versus-pedestrian incident.
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Police began an investigation that, with the aid of witnesses, led to the identification of 25-year-old Randahl Hill, of Hurricane, as the alleged driver of the car involved in the incident, Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said in a press release.
“Witnesses provided information that Randahl was driving and investigators interviewed him regarding the details of the incident,” Buell said in the release. “Randahl told investigators that the victim was on the hood of the vehicle as he drove away very quickly and continued driving as he fell off. Witnesses have also confirmed seeing the victim on the hood of the vehicle.”
Police are still trying to determine why the victim was on the hood of Hill’s car in the first place. Hill and the victim are believed to have known each other.
Witnesses identified a black 1994 Ford Mustang as the car Hill drove during the incident. The Mustang was parked in a driveway when officers arrived on scene.
Prior to the fatal incident, witnesses told police they heard the sound of a car engine revving up. Upon their arrival, officers found acceleration marks on the road, Buell said.
Witnesses also said Hill left the scene and later returned before officers arrived. When investigators made contact with Hill, they could smell the odor of alcohol on his breath, Buell said.
“Officers observed the way he was walking and his lack of balance, which are indicators of alcohol consumption,” Buell said. “It was indicated that both Randahl and the victim had been drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the night.”
Hill was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on two third-degree felony charges related to automobile homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, as well as two class B misdemeanors for DUI and reckless driving.
The victim’s body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The investigation is still active and ongoing.
“This is a very tragic situation for all those involved; our hearts go out to the families,” Buell said.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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