November 11, 2011 - St. Albans, W.Va. - WSAZ reports that Christopher "Cricket" Booker died at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, from the injuries he sustained in a hit and run accident that happened about a week ago. The driver has been found and charged with felony hit and run causing death.
The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, on West Main Street. According to reports, Booker was lying in the roadway when he was struck by an 80's model Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver fled the scene after hitting him.
St. Albans Police have since arrested Anthony Clifton Eads in connection with the accident. Eads confessed to hitting Booker and police found evidence in Eads's truck and cell phone to confirm the confession.
Eads has been charged with felony hit and run causing death and could serve up to 15 years in prison. He has been released on a $500 bail bond. His preliminary hearing will take place on November 18, 2011.
Police said that Eads didn't say a lot when he was arrested; only that he got scared and panicked, causing him to flee the scene. Eads had been drinking prior to the accident.
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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