LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman was killed after being hit by a concrete truck on the Clark Memorial Bridge early Thursday.

The victim, now identified as 24-year-old Ryann M. Tewell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell, it happened around 7:40 a.m. in the crosswalk on the Louisville side of the Clark Memorial Bridge at Second and Main. That's where the victim was hit by a cement truck.

Mitchell says the truck driver was turning right onto the bridge from Main Street. The victim was dragged from the base of the bridge for about 150 yards, according to police. Police say the driver of the truck didn't realize he had struck Tewell until witnesses flagged him down.

"Preliminarily, it does look that way -- he didn't realize that he had struck her," Mitchell said. "He was flagged down by some other witnesses who saw it going on, and he did stop. At this point it doesn't appear he was trying to leave the scene."

Police say this was an unfortunate accident and are not releasing the name of the driver, who is not expected to face any charges. We're told the driver works for Advance Ready Mix in Louisville.

The northbound lanes of the Clark Memorial Bridge were shut down for several hours while police investigated.

On Thursday afternoon, Advance Ready Mix, the company where the driver was employed, released this statement:

"This was a tragic accident and our condolences go out to the family members and friends of the victim. We are working with police and conducting our own investigation to determine how this unfortunate accident occurred and any measures we may take to prevent a similar incident. The driver involved has a commercial driver’s license and has been with the company for nearly a decade with no previous accidents on the job. He cooperated immediately with police answering questions and submitting to every test requested. He will be on indefinite leave from his job. Safety is our top concern which is yet another reason why this incident is so tragic and concerning to us."

WDRB has learned the company has had two serious OSHA safety violations this year, resulting in nearly $5,000 in fines from the government.

Late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Humana, where Tewell was employed, released a statement as well.

All of us at Humana are deeply saddened by the tragic accident this morning, in which our colleague Ryann Tewell died," the statement read. "Ryann was relatively new to Humana, having joined the company in April of this year. But in that short time, she had already made a positive impact on her new friends and other co-workers at Humana. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryann’s family, her friends, and everyone whose life Ryann touched.”

Melissa Gray crosses the intersection every day walking to work at Big City Styles. She says Tewell's death is her worst fear realized.

"It's horrible. It could have been anybody, any of us walking through here," Gray said. "That intersection, when the lights are on and you can walk, people don't stop if they're turning....if they're at a red light they'll stop, but if it's green they just keep going." 

Louisville resident David Riddle agrees.

"Nobody uses a turn signal. Nobody pays attention to cross walks. They just do their willy nilly and it's dangerous," he told WDRB.


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