West Marion valedictorian fatally struck by car

West Marion High School valedictorian Luke Bedwell was killed Monday night when he was struck by a car near his home in the Foxworth area.

Bedwell, 18, who was featured on WDAM in this year's Top of Class salute to graduating high school seniors, was struck around 10 pm Monday night as he was walking along Shiloh-Firetower Road.  He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Marion County authorities called it an accident. No charges will be filed against the driver.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 am at Colonial Funeral Home chapel in Columbia.  Visitation is Wednesday night from 6 until 10 pm.

Tuesday night, students and friends held a candlelight vigil for Luke in the student parking lot at West Marion High School.