Category Archives: DUI

Deadly ATV crash in Wyoming County

West Virginia metronews reports the following:

WYOMING COUNTY, W.Va. — A Sunday evening ATV accident claimed the life of a 25-year-old Wyoming County woman.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department said Brittany Phillips, of Herndon, died at the scene of the crash on Bud Mountain Road. She was a passenger on the all-terrain vehicle that crashed around 6 p.m.

Deputies said the driver of the ATV, Barrett Johnson, 32, of Ravencliff, was injured and hospitalized.

The investigation continued as of Monday.

Source: Deadly ATV crash in Wyoming County


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


DUI Causing Death

Police say that a Bramwell, West Virginia man who was required but failed to have an ignition interlock device on his car after being convicted of a DUI was driving drunk New Years’ Day when he was involved in a head-on collision in Bluefield, West Virginia.

The Bramwell man was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI involving a fatal accident and failing to have the ignition interlock device installed in the car he was driving.

Law enforcement says that Bramwell slammed a Malibu registered to his parents into a Monte Carlo driven by a 50-year-old Bluefield resident shortly after 7:10 on the morning of January 1. Police say that, “The collision involved a driver-side to driver-side front-end impact,” according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. The alleged drunk driver suffered only minor injuries in the wreck. However, the head-on collision proved fatal for the Bluefield man.

While Bramwell is likely to be criminally charged based on his alleged actions, the injured crash victim, or the families of accident victims of a fatal accident may also seek justice in civil court.  A wrongful death suit can be filed in West Virginia to recover lost wages, emotional damages, and other damages.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, “Man charged in DUI death,” Bill Archer, Feb. 25, 2013