JEFFERSON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies have released the name of a woman struck and killed by a hearse in Jefferson on Wednesday.
Amanda N. Bess, 31, of Charleston, was in the middle of one of the eastbound traffic lanes of U.S. 60 at about 9 p.m. when she was struck and killed by a privately-owned hearse driven by Michael Jones, 45, of South Charleston, according to Capt. Bryan Robbins of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Witnesses said Bess had been seen in the area before the accident and appeared to be inebriated. The area where she was struck is not very well lit.
Jones appeared to have been driving properly, according to police, and was not cited in the incident.