Fatal MF accident still under review

MARTINS FERRY – Police have released the names of the victim and driver in a fatal accident that occurred on May 3 in the downtown area of the Purple City.

Police chief John McFarland said Saturday that Michael Bumgardner was crossing North Zane Highway when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by city resident Mike Mayle.

“Mr. Bumgardner was crossing North Zane Highway from the Convenient Store to the Pit Stop Gas Station when he was struck by Mr. Mayle’s vehicle,” McFarland said. “Mr. Mayle was stopped at the intersection facing west on Hanover Street. Mr. Mayle turned right and his vehicle struck Mr. Bumgardner and continued over top of the victim.”

McFarland said his department has forwarded all of its paper work on the accident to the Belmont County Prosecutor’s office.

“We haven’t had any determination by them as to whether any charges will be filed,” McFarland said.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleader online.com