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Alcohol believed a factor in fatal Charleston crash

West Virginia metronews reports the following:

An eyewitness to a fatal collision Thursday morning on I-77 in Charleston tells police the victim had no chance of avoiding the wreck.

Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies say Edward Pete Bryant, 48, of Big Chimney was on his way to work when the crash happened about 2:30am.   The collision happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate just north of the Charleston city limits at the Westmoreland exit.

“This man was just on his way to work, minding his own business traveling down the interstate and all of the sudden there was a car right in front of him,” said Captain Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.  “According to our eyewitness, there was really nothing he could have done to avoid the collision.”

Crosier said Bryant was passing a semi and traveling between the rig and the barrier wall when the car came straight at him.

“His vision was somewhat obscured, and possibly it came upon him so fast he just saw it at the last second,”  said Crosier.

Driving the approaching car was Angela Walker, 46, of Charleston.   Crosier said they believe she was probably driving drunk.

“We’re fairly confident alcohol had some factor in this accident,” said Crosier. “She was going the wrong way and apparently had been for some time, down below the exit.”

Investigators are unsure where Walker got onto the interstate.  He’s almost certain it wasn’t the Westmoreland exit because of the position of the wreck.   It would mean she had been traveling the wrong way for some distance either from Interstate 64 or possibly the Leon Sullivan Way exit or beyond more than a mile away.   Charleston Police had a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way, but didn’t find her in time.

“We’re not sure where she came from,” said Crosier. “We’re hoping somebody in the public will reach out to us and tell us where she was before she got onto the interstate.”

Walker remains hospitalized at CAMC.

Source: Alcohol believed a factor in fatal Charleston crash