Woman, 54, is killed after being struck by a pickup truck before her body was DRAGGED for five miles by the car behind
- Michelle Lynn Czoka, 54, was identified as the victim of a car crash, who was dragged for more than five miles
- Police say two 911 calls came in 30 minutes apart on Thursday morning
- West Virginia police linked the two incidents to the same victim
- There was rain and fog, but police haven’t determined if the weather was a factor
- The medical examiner will rule on the official cause of death
A 54-year-old woman, who was struck in a one-car crash and dragged for at least five miles to her death Thursday, has been identified by police in West Virginia.
The body of Michelle Lynn Czoka, from Bridgeport, Ohio was found by Wheeling police after a pair of 911 calls.
Police received a call just after 6:30 a.m. from a driver who said he hit a female pedestrian on Route 2.
Officers went to the scene but could not locate a body.
A victim has been identified from a deadly chain of events in Wheeling, West Virginia that led to a 54-year-old dragged five miles to her death
Police haven’t determined if weather was a factor causing a woman to hit by a vehicle and dragged for at least five miles by another car
Less than 30 minutes later, another 911 call alerted cops that a person was being dragged by a vehicle just off Interstate 70 at the Washington Avenue exit.
Police concluded that it was the same person who was struck on Route 2, more than five miles away.
Wheeling, Vest Virginia police spokeperson Philip Stahl said they have spoken to drivers of both vehicles.
Stahl told the DailyMail.com ‘it’s hard to say’ if it was accidental, but will let their investigators do their job. He said that could last ‘several weeks.’
Wheeling, West Virginia police access the scene as a woman, Michelle Lynn Czoka was fatally struck and separately dragged for more than five miles Thursday
The road was closed following a crash that killed a woman Thursday morning. Police say the victim was dragged five miles from the first scene
Rain was coming down and fog was over the Wheeling area on Thursday morning but Stahl said an investigation is ongoing into if the weather was a factor in the pedestrian being hit.
Stahl said ‘weather was a factor’ and worsened by days getting shorter and still dark when the first part of the chain reaction happened.
He said it was not favorable conditions on the road, but cautioned there are several ‘moving parts’ leading to the woman’s death.
The medical examiner will rule on an official cause of death.
Stahl said it was a ‘pretty traumatic incident’ for all those involved Thursday morning.