CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An eyewitness to a fatal collision Thursday on Interstate 77 told police the victim had no chance of avoiding a car traveling the wrong way.

Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies said Edward Pete Bryant, 48, of Big Chimney was on his way to work around 2:30 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a car traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-77. The crash happened just north of the Charleston city limits at the Westmoreland exit.

“This man was just on his way to work, minding his own business traveling down the interstate, and all of the sudden there was a car right in front of him,” said Captain Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. “According to our eyewitness, there was really nothing he could have done to avoid the collision.”

Driving the approaching car was Angela Walker, 46, of Charleston. Crosier said investigators believe she was probably driving drunk. Walker remains hospitalized at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

“We’re fairly confident alcohol had some factor in this accident,” said Crosier. “She was going the wrong way and apparently had been for some time, down below the exit.”

Crosier said Bryant was passing a semi and traveling between the rig and the barrier wall when Walker’s car came straight at him.

“His vision was somewhat obscured, and possibly it came upon him so fast he just saw it at the last second,”  said Crosier.

Investigators are unsure precisely where Walker entered the interstate. He’s almost certain it wasn’t the Westmoreland exit because of the position of the wreck. That would mean she had been traveling the wrong way either from Interstate 64 or possibly the Leon Sullivan Way exit, more than a mile away. Charleston police received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way, but didn’t find her in time.

“We’re not sure where she came from,” said Crosier. “We’re hoping somebody in the public will reach out to us and tell us where she was before she got onto the interstate.”

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  • Britt

    Glad to see the judicial system has finally caught up with Walker. If I heard to news correctly drugs and alcohol were found in her system, consistent with the trooper report the night of the crash. If ever there is an opportunity to charter new legal ground, there is case here. Her acts are not only despicable but they were also intentional. The state should pursue multiple charges with consecutive sentences; drugs, manslaughter or murder, and felonious assault would a good start. This was no accident, it was self destruction only the wrong person fell victim. I believe her Facebook page is dormant now but her pictorial history of partying was evident.

    With luck justice will be swift and severe.

  • SO HEARTBROKEN

    STILL NO CHARGES AGAINST MS. ANGEL OF DEATH!! ITS BEEN NEAR 6 MONTHS AND SHE HAS STILL NOT BEEN CHARGED, STILL ALLOWED TO GO TO HER LOCAL BARS THAT SHE LEFT THAT DEADFUL NIGHT , STILL ALLOWED TO DRINK AND DRIVE AND DO WHATEVER SHE WANTS TO DO!! MY BROTHER HAD TEN SECONDS SHE HAS HAD 6 MONTHS TO DO VACATIONS, BIRTHDAYS WITH FAMILYS, PARTY AND STILL DRIVE A VEHICLE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM???????????????????

  • Britt

    This case has bothered me since the day it happened. So sorry for the loss to the Bryant family. What I can't understand is why no charges have been filed in this case. Alcohol was clearly identified as a factor therefore this should be a vehicular manslaughter charge with prison time. How can the judicial system be remiss in pursuing this?

  • ANN

    I am so sorry for you all Loretta..

  • Other

    You have the wrong Angela Walker. There are actually many of the same name in the same area. Please get your facts straight, don't add to a tragedy. She has never shoplifted, or been in any trouble.

    • loretta good

      Please don't make her out to be a angel , angel of death , maybe , that was my brother and we don't have him anymore! in case you didn't know we buried him on April 2 three days before his birthday!! AND THOSE ARE THE FACTS!

  • John

    This lady has had a long history of drug problems and shoplifting... She should have been waiting trail for prison time!! If the court system would have moved faster and locked her up rather than letting her walk time and time again this guy would still be alive!!

    • ANN

      So True. She is very well known.

    • Quick to Reply

      You've identified the person YOU BELIEVE is the angela walker in this case. YOU ARE mistaken. Different Angela Walker.

      Regardless, this was a horrible accident. Both families now have the life long task of forgiveness to deal with. It will take years of mourning for the victims family and a life long journey for the Walkers. Bless these families.

  • Tyra

    My Daughter, new grandson and I were on I77 Northbound returning from our vacation. We saw this happen and if it were not for a lamp post the car would have flown across the median and ended up right on top of us. We were hit by all kinds of glass and debris. We feel very fortunate to be alive.
    When we called 911 they said there were calls about this wrong way driver. They just did not get there soon enough. Our prayers go out to the families of all involved.
    Feeling lucky to be alive and thank God for that lamp post!

    • SO HEARTBROKEN

      PLEASE HELP US..

    • LORETTA GOOD

      HELLO MY NAME IS LORETTA GOOD
      EDDIE WAS MY BROTHER WILL YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT MORNING U MAY BE ABLE TO HELP ME THRU THIS.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE 304-437-2714

  • Beverly

    Prayers for the victims family. So very sad.

  • Amy

    That's what I was going to say. It is always the innocent that are killed by these drunk drivers. You don't want anybody to get killed but its just so sad that its always the one minding his/her own business that gets killed. Praying for these families.

  • sheila

    and of course she is ok - so sad anyone has to be killed - but why is it always the innocent one?

  • George

    This is so sad. While alcohol has its place in our society, I hope that every drinker uses this as a reminder that along with the right to drink comes the responsibility. My thanks to our law enforcement officers who face the danger of individuals like Ms Walker every day and help keep our roads safe.