September 26, 2011 - Kanawha County, W.Va. - A man was killed when his vehicle crashed into a tree on Friday, September 23.
WSAZ reports that the accident happened on Childress Road in Alum Creek. Officials said that a motorist spotted the crashed Volkswagen Jetta at about 10:30 a.m. and called the police. According to investigators, the accident had to have happened some time earlier in the morning as the engine was cold when they arrived on the scene.
Dispatchers said that it seems that the driver of the Jetta lost control, causing the vehicle to run off of the roadway. The Jetta then drove over a hill before crashing into the tree. The Jetta's motor was thrown several feet from the car on impact.
The driver of the Jetta has been identified as Arthur Cerda II, he was in his 30s. Cerda was killed in the accident and pronounced dead at the scene.
Accident reconstruction teams are working on determining the cause of the accident. Officials said that speed may have been a factor.
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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