Roanoke man dead after pedestrian-vehicle collision early Sunday

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A man is dead after he was hit by a car early Sunday in northeast Roanoke.

According to a statement from Roanoke Police, the crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the 3300 block of Plantation Road Northeast. Witnesses told police a man identified as Wayne Swain, 42 of Roanoke, was in the back of a a parked vehicle when he fell and was hit by another vehicle.

Swain was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Many neighbors that WFXR spoke with said they were asleep when the crash occurred and did not see hear or it. But others who live on the street say they’ve had concerns about the lack of sidewalks and other issues.

“You hear them in the house. You hear a big bang. Somebody got hit and we come out and see if they need police, ambulance, stuff like that,” says Gene Thompson, who also lives on Plantation Road.

Thompson says he is unaware of the incident involving Swain, but that he has seen many other crashes along the road.

“We need sidewalks through here bad and a red light,” says Thompson.

Swain was a nursing student at Radford University Carilion. Susan Trageser, vice president for student affairs at Radford, shared the following statement regarding Swain’s death:

It is with deep sadness that I share news of the recent passing of Wayne Swain, a beloved member of the Radford family.  Wayne was a junior nursing major from Roanoke, Virginia.  He was a transfer student having first attended in the Spring 2018 semester.  He very much looked forward to returning to Radford University Carilion (RUC) for the Spring 2020 semester.

In learning of Wayne’s tragic passing, one of his faculty members said, “He was a pharmacy tech that had impeccable customer service skills with attention to detail.  He was soft spoken, friendly, always had a positive attitude, and was always smiling. He never complained and was a dedicated nursing student. He was so proud to be in nursing. He had worked hard to get to RUC. He was just a real sweetheart.”

Arrangements are pending and will be detailed in Wayne’s obituary, which is expected to be published in the coming days.  During this difficult time, Radford University expresses its deepest sympathy to Wayne’s family, friends, and loved ones.  The University will have grief counselors available at RUC as students return for the Spring 2020 semester.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit Swain stayed on the scene and is cooperating with police. No arrests have been made. The crash is still under investigation.


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