Search teams find man's body in Ohio River; victim's family speaks

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Divers from the Boone County Water Team have recovered and identified the body of Abdoulaye Yattara, the man who was knocked off a bridge into the Ohio River on Friday morning.

Just before 7 a.m. Friday, Mr. Yattara, 42, ran out of gas while driving on southbound I-71/75 on the Brent Spence Bridge. While pulled over, Yattara was struck by another car, and was knocked off the bridge and into the Ohio River below.

The Boone County Water Rescue Team and the Covington Fire Department were in charge of the search. Around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, after a nearly 24-hour search, Mr. Yattara's body was found by divers in the Ohio River just west of the Brent Spence Bridge.

No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation.

Mr. Yattara was a resident of Cincinnati, originally from Africa. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

On Saturday, Yattara's friends gathered at a community store, where Yattara and his family would frequently visit. Abbe Napo, a friend of the family, read a statement on behalf on the family that read, "He was a hard-working man, and there are a lot of emotions in the community."

Friends describe Yatarra was a family man, a husband and father of two; he had lived in the US for several years originally from West African country of Mali. Family members thanks the good samaritan who stopped on the side of the bridge to help Yatarra, but the also voice concerns regarding the safety of the bridge

"We just hope that this never happens again, and hopefully the infrastructure will be taken care of to be safe for the people," sake Ibrahim Kante, a family friend.

While exact details are being worked out, Abdoulaye Yattara's funeral is scheduled for Monday at the Clifton mosque.

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