The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Hughes Creek Road. Officials said that a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Steven Adam Young, of St. Albans, went through a stop sign and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Young, his passenger 18-year-old Alisha Smith, and 4-year-old Bryland Smith were all injured in the crash. The Chevrolet’s driver 17-year-old Kayla Burdette was also injured. Lt. Sean Crosier said that all 4 victims had to be transported to CAMC General Hospital to be treated for head, neck, and back injuries.
According to Crosier, Young admitted to having consumed vodka prior to the crash. Young has been charged with a DUI, driving with a suspended license, improper registration, and being uninsured.
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.