UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Saturday

(WBIR-Alcoa) Police said the pedestrian who was hit and killed on Pellissippi Parkway Saturday morning appeared to be drinking, and added heavy rain played a role in the accident.

According to the Alcoa Police Department, a driver was on their way to work when they hit a man walking on the road around 6 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said the pedestrian, identified as Edward Batchelor, 27, from Louisville, appeared to have been drinking.

Police said the weather was a major factor, since the driver said he couldn't get his windshield wipers to keep up with the heavy rain. Officials also said lights glaring on the windshield played a role, since it was a down pour at the time.

The driver was not charged, and police believe he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The crash happened near Old Knoxville Highway and the bridge over Russell Road.


(WBIR-Alcoa) Dispatchers confirmed a pedestrian was hit and killed early Saturday morning on Pellissippi Parkway.

According to dispatchers with Blount County, Alcoa Police responded to the accident around 6 a.m. Saturday.

Dispatchers said the driver crashed into the pedestrian on the highway, between Alcoa Highway and Old Knoxville Highway.

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