October 6, 2011 - Elkins, W.Va. - A person died and another was injured as the result of a 2-vehicle car crash on Tuesday, October 4.
WBOY reports that the accident happened at about 10:15 a.m. on the Beverly five-lane by the Chenoweth Creek intersection. A black Jeep Wrangler was driving northbound on U.S. 219 with its hazard lights flashing when it approached a green Ford Explorer.
The Ford attempted to pull to the right to make way for the Jeep but at the same time the Jeep turned to the right to pass the Ford resulting in the 2 vehicles colliding. Witnesses on the scene said that the Jeep flipped over many times before coming to a rest.
The Jeep's driver, Aaron Kittle, 28, of Dailey, and his passenger, Michael Phillips, 38, were thrown from the Jeep when it overturned.
Kittle and Phillips were rushed to Davis Memorial Hospital immediately following the accident. Phillips was later pronounced dead in the hospital. Kittle's condition is unknown.
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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