Fatal pedestrian accident affects Louisville residents


by WHAS11


Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 7:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Friday a couple placed flowers where 24-year-old Ryann Tewell was killed. We don't know if they were friends, or complete strangers, and it doesn't seem to matter; her tragic death has touched the Louisville area.

Karen Foster works at nearby O'Sheas and usually walks the same intersection to work but not on Friday, June 13.

Ryann Tewell stepped off into the crosswalk at Second and Main on June 12, heading to her workplace, Humana, when she was hit by a cement truck. The driver apparently never saw her.

Metro Police said their investigation should be complete by Monday, but it seems obvious to many who travel and work in this area that there's a lot going on. Especially with the bridge traffic, downtown traffic, lots of pedestrians and changing traffic patterns with bridge construction.

Pedestrians have become extra cautious, double checking before stepping onto the street.
For one woman who has a daughter about the same age as the young woman killed, she said we need drastic action.

Tewell attended Sacred Heart Academy; they say we're praying for her family during this difficult time. And at Bellarmine where Tewell went to college, the family had somewhat of a legacy. A member of Ryann's family has been attending Bellarmine since 1963, and it's a university in mourning.
Bellarmine University President Joseph J. McGowan released this letter to the community:

"The Bellarmine family is mourning the tragic loss of Ryann Tewell, who was killed yesterday in an accident at Main and Second streets in downtown Louisville. She was 24 years old, and graduated from Bellarmine University Magna cum Laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration. She was an employee of Humana.
"Many may not know, however, the extraordinary bond that has grown over the course of many years between Ryann’s family and the Bellarmine family, or the many ways in which the Tewell family legacy has enriched life and work at our school.

"Since 1963, at least one member of the family has been at Bellarmine in each of the past six decades, earning a total of 18 degrees. Five members of the family met their future spouses at Bellarmine. Six were in student government, five were student athletes, five were cheerleaders, two were homecoming queens. Virtually all held leadership positions on various clubs and campus organizations, and they have been regulars on the Dean’s list.

"Today, six members of the family are in the President’s Society and 11 have season tickets to BU Basketball. Ryann’s father, Charlie, ’84, serves on our Board of Overseers.
"Please join us in keeping Ryann’s family in your thoughts and prayers, especially her parents, Charlie, and Melinda, ’84, and her brother, Matthew, ’14."

Now, a city taking a closer look at an intersection making sure everything is being done to prevent another tragedy.