December 15, 2011 – Beckley, W.Va. – The Charleston Gazette reports that Beckley police have announced that no charges are being filed against Drema McCallister, 73, who crashed her car into the Flowers Bakery on Stanaford Road, fatally injuring a customer, on Wednesday, December 7.
The incident occurred when police say McCallister hit the gas instead of the break and drove into the store. The 1997 Subaru Impreza struck Nina Kirk, 73, and another customer inside the store. Kirk was rushed to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital with leg injuries. She passed away 3 days later.
Investigators say McCallister wasn’t injured in the crash and the bakery building suffered serious structural damage. After investigation, police have decided not to file any charges against McCallister.
Even though charges may not be filed in cases such as these, victims and their families have the right to consult with a West Virginia accident attorney to determine if they have cause to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Determining fault and liability in cases of auto accidents can be a frustrating and difficult task best handled by an experienced attorney.
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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