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UPDATE: Police ID driver who struck and fatally injured professional runner

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UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified a driver accused of striking and fatally injuring a 28-year-old professional runner.

Police are still working to determine what led up to 59-year-old Valerie Bray hitting Cameron Bean on Saturday on Moccasin Bend Road.

Investigators have interviewed Bray and are working to download electronic data from her vehicle. They are also reconstructing the crash and verifying road conditions that day as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at 423-698-2525.  


UPDATE: Chattanooga's running community has set up Memorial fund in the name of runner Cameron Bean who was fatally struck by a car while running.

The fund got of to a fast start with an anonymous donation of $10,000, bringing the current amount to over $12,000.

The fund's creator is Oliver Townsend, son of Van Townsend who passed away earlier this year. Cameron was coached by Van when he was running at Baylor.

HOW TO HELP | Cameron Bean Memorial Fund

Additionally, the family of Cameron Bean will hold a celebration of his life this Saturday, September 26th, in Chattanooga, TN.

A service will be held in the main chapel at the Baylor School at 11:00am. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 9:30am. For those so inclined and wondering how they can contribute please consider making a donation to a memorial fund set up in honor of Cameron with the intention of supporting Chattanooga youth running.


PREVIOUS STORY: A local runner has passed away after being hit by a car over the weekend according to friends of the family. 

Cameron Bean, 28, was running near the shoulder and against the flow of traffic on Moccasin Bend Road Saturday evening when he was hit.

The Chattanooga community has expressed their condolences to the Bean family via social media, including UTC's Track and Cross Country team and ZAP Fitness, a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopeful distance runners. Bean was a member of ZAP Fitness from 2010-2015. 

"He had on visible clothing, reflective shoes, he was doing what he should be doing as a runner," said Capt Kim Noorbergen with the Chattanooga Police Department.

The driver told police she didn't see the runner because the sun was in her eyes. Chattanooga Police say she veered off the roadway and struck Bean  around 6:45 p.m. They would not confirm if the driver stopped or kept going. A passerby stopped and called 9-1-1.

Bean was taken to the hospital where he's listed in serious critical condition.

Bean is a Chattanooga native and a 2005 graduate of Baylor School where he was on the cross country team. He continued his runner career at Samford University. He qualified for the final at the 2013 USA National Championships. 

From 2010 - 2015 Bean was a professional runner with Zap Fitness, competing mostly in the Steeplechase.

Bean is currently an employee at Fast Break Athletics. Bean had just finished his shift Saturday when he went on the routine run.

"And that was about 6:05 when he left on his run, and we went home," said Joey Howe at Fastbreak Athletics.

Howe got a call from a friend saying a runner was hit on Moccasin Bend Road about half an hour after he saw Cameron.
    
Unsure if it was him -- Howe went back to Fastbreak to see if Cameron was still there.

"I immediately just raced down here to see if his truck was still here and it was and I knew how far he was going he would have finished an hour before that or so," Howe said.


The speed limit is 45-miles per hour and signs on the road designate a bike path.
    
On Cameron's website -- he says running is his passion in life and a big part of his faith. His website says he runs on average 80 to 90 miles per week with a long run of 16 to 18 miles once per week.
    
Howe doesn't want this accident to scare others from enjoying Cameron's passion.

"We have to be aware, and just everybody if you go out be aware, be safe and be aware," Howe said.

The Chattanooga Police Department's Traffic Division is continuing its investigation. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police Traffic Division responded to a crash involving a pedestrian struck on Saturday around 7 P.M.

The crash was located at 183 Moccasin Bend Rd. 

A runner was traveling southbound on Moccasin Road against the flow of traffic near the shoulder. 

Police said the driver did not see a runner due to the sun being in their eyes. 

The driver veered off the roadway and struck the runner.

The victim is listed in serious critical condition and was wearing reflective running shoes. 

Chattanooga Police Traffic Investigators are conducting an investigation of the accident. 

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