WBOY reports that the accident happened late Friday night on U.S. 33. Officials with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said that Ryan Meredith Scott, 29, of Smithville, was driving his vehicle on the roadway when he lost control and the vehicle went off the left side of the road. Scott’s vehicle then overturned before coming to rest on its roof.
Scott was trapped in the vehicle when officials arrived at the scene. He was rushed to Stonewall Jackson Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash and there were no other passengers in the victims’ vehicle. No further injuries or fatalities have been reported.
The cause of the accident remains to be determined. Officials said that alcohol or drugs may have been factors in the crash. Authorities with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department are investigating.
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.
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Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
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- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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