WINFIELD - A Winfield man was struck and killed while crossing U.S. Highway 43 in Winfield.
Winfield Police Department Traffic Investigator Gary Hamlett reported that Harvey Hasten Westbrook, 56, Winfield, was killed on Saturday, Dec. 22, at approximately 6:30 p.m., after being hit by two vehicles while attempting to cross the road near Chevron-Winfield.
The incident is still under investigation and is being treated as a no-fault accident.
Hamlett said that Westbrook was walking back to his residence from his brother’s house and was more than halfway across the five-lane highway when he was hit by a Chevrolet pick-up truck headed east.
The imp#act sent Westbrook into a separate lane of traffic where he was hit a second time by a Honda Accord.
Westbrook was pronounced dead at the scene.
Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson said that the incident was truly tragic and that many in Winfield considered Westbrook a friend and a good man who lived a hard life.
Burleson said that Westbrook, who was 48 at the time, was the key witness in the robbing and murder of a 28-year-old Winfield woman in 2004, Kelly Sprinkle.
According to press reports, Sprinkle disappeared in April 2004 and Winfield Police officers found bone fragments in a burn pile weeks in the Bazemore Community in the northeastern corner of Fayette County while investigating Sprinkle’s disappearance.
Mitochondrial DNA testing confirmed the remains were Sprinkle’s. She had been shot before her body was burned.
Burleson said that Westbrook was with Sprinkle the night she was killed and was shot at multiple times while fleeing the scene and hid in a wooded area for hours to escape from the men.
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