West Virginia Car Accident Ends in the Death of One, and Investigation Remains Open

West Virginia Car Accident Ends in the Death of One, and Investigation Remains Open The Register-Herald reports on a West Virginia accident involving multiple cars that has left one passenger dead. The Fayette County Emergency Operation Center has confirmed the injuries and death resulting from the crash, which took place near Oak Hill on U.S. 19 northbound. After the crash, U.S. 19 was closed for a short period until the scene was cleared by 6 p.m.

Oak Hill Police detective M.J. Jarvis stated that a driver lost control of his vehicle on U.S. 19 while traveling north, around 4:30 p.m. He was near the Greentown Road exit when he lost control of his car, according to the news source.

According to Jarvis' report, the driver may face criminal charges. The accident is under investigation, still, and one of the possible factors seems to have been speed, he said, according to the Register-Herald report.

The driver then crashed into three other cars. Two of them were parked on the shoulder, helping change the tire of a car. The passenger of the first car, which initiated the accident, was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center by airlift, the news source reports. Little more information was given on the injuries suffered by others in the crash.

The crash also affected one of the pedestrians that was changing the tire. This individual was taken to Plateau Medical Center. In addition to the Oak Hill Police Department arriving on the scene, the area fire departments, general ambulance and Jan Care Ambulance all responded, the new source reports.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 55 percent of speeding-related fatal crashes were due to exceeding the posted speed limit. Forty-five percent were due to driving too fast for their road conditions.