UPDATE: Woman arrested after bicyclist killed in Preston County incident involving SUV

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UPDATE (2/19/20 11:52 a.m.):

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police arrested a woman after an incident in Preston County that killed a bicyclist.

Police responded Feb. 17 to a vehicle crash on Old Route 73 in Bruceton Mills, according to a criminal complaint. When a trooper arrived, he stated that he saw a Chevrolet Equinox parked in the westbound lane. The trooper also found the bicyclist, Robin Ames, lying dead in front of the vehicle, according to police.

The driver, Tara Evans, told police she was using her cell phone while driving when she hit Ames, according to the criminal complaint. Evans stated that she did not see Ames until after she heard a “thud” from hitting him because she was looking at her phone, police said.

The medical examiner determined that Ames’ cause of death was head trauma from being hit by the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Evans is charged with involuntary manslaughter; reckless driving; negligent homicide; and prohibited use of an electronic communications device.


A bicyclist died after being hit by an SUV on Feb. 17 in Preston County.

The incident happened at about 5:15 p.m. on Old Route 73, near Bruceton Mills, according to West Virginia State Police.

A Chevrolet Equinox driven by Tara Evans, of Bruceton Mills, was traveling west on Old Route 73 when it hit a bicycle that was also heading west. The bicyclist, identified as Robin Ames, 37, of Bruceton Mills, died at the scene, according to state police.

Evans was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital by Bruceton Community Ambulance Service, police said.

In addition to state police troopers, the Preston County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending, according to police.

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