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Early-Morning Car Crash in Putnam County, West Virginia Kills Teenager

Posted on May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 – Putnam County, W.Va. – A teenager was killed in an early-morning car crash near Winfield on Sunday, May 20.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened at about 1:30 a.m. on W.Va. 34. A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy said that Karissa Ramsey, 19, of St. Albans, was on her way to Winfield when the fatal accident occurred.

Exactly how the accident happened and how many vehicles were involved is unclear.

Ramsey was killed in the crash. She died on impact.

Officials said that Ramsey was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. An investigator said that she might have survived is she had been wearing her seat belt.

Ramsey was studying at Marshall University and worked at a Sonic Restaurant. She had worked at the restaurant since it opened 3 years ago.

The community is being encouraged to donate money to Ramsey’s family to help with funeral expenses. The Sonic restaurant where she had worked is accepting donations. All donations are to go directly to Ramsey’s family.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2010 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 315 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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