WSAZ reports that the accident happened at about 4:20 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue. According to a criminal complaint, Jessica Smith-Harless, 33, of Kenova, lost control of her vehicle and crashed it on the roadway. Her 2-year-old daughter and her 10-day-old son were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Officials noticed that Harless seemed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and administered 3 separate sobriety tests, in which she failed all of them.
Harless was arrested after the crash on charges of DUI and child neglect. She is being held at Western Regional Jail and her bond is set at $33,000.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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