Woman hit by car on I-77 taken to Morgantown hospital

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg woman was taken to a Morgantown hospital Thursday night after she was hit by a car on Interstate 77 near the Route 50
interchange, authorities said.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said Jami Marie Hamilton, 38, was hit shortly before 11 p.m. while walking in the southbound lanes of the interstate near milemarker 176.

A spokesman for Ruby Memorial Hospital said Friday afternoon that Hamilton was in critical but stable condition.

Authorities have not said why Hamilton was walking on the highway.

Stephens said the driver of the car that hit Hamilton, Brooke D. Rutter of Parkersburg, was not charged pending the completion of an investigation.

Rutter did not see Hamilton until “the last second and tried to avoid her without success,” Stephens said. Rutter was not injured.

The incident remains under investigation by the Wood County Crash Team and the Wood County Detective Bureau.