WSAZ reports that the accident happened at around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 64 near the Montrose exit in South Charleston. A vehicle driven by Roy Pauley, 82, went off of the roadway and hit the sign. The cause of the accident is unclear at this time.
Pauley was killed in the accident in South Charleston. He died at the scene.
According to police, Pauley may have had a medical condition that was a contributing factor in the accident.
Pauley was living out of his car at the time of the accident. He was well known in the area and many people could have driven past the accident without realizing what had happened, thinking that Pauley had just parked next to the sign.
Two of the westbound lanes on the interstate were blocked to traffic for more than two hours following the crash.
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.