December 22, 2011 – Harrison County, W.Va. – A man’s health condition may have been the reason for his death when his vehicle crashed into a tree on Tuesday, December 6.
From an updated news report on WBOY, officials said that 47-year-old Donald Hammond, of Jane Lew, had a history of heart problems when he became the victim of a fatal car accident. They could not be sure if those health issues were the cause of the accident or of his death. More information will be available after Hammond has been autopsied.
The incident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the Johnstown Area. Officials said that Hammond was driving on the roadway when his car went off of the pavement. The vehicle then collided with a nearby tree.
Hammond was rushed to UHC immediately after the accident. He was conscious and speaking to the ambulance personnel when he was being transported. Hammond later died in the hospital.
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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