The Herald-Mail reports that the accident happened at about 7:15 p.m. Alfredo Maya, owner of Brothers Pizza 2, said that James Fletcher, 17, of Charles Town, was en route to make a delivery when the crash occurred.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Staff Jesse Jones, Fletcher’s Ford Escort was involved in a head-on collision in the roadway.
Fletcher was killed in the accident. He was declared dead at the scene. The second driver involved in the accident sustained injuries and was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.
Fletcher was a student at Washington High School. He had been working at Brothers Pizza 2 for less than a week before the accident happened. Previously, he worked as a dishwasher at The Mediterranean Café, another restaurant owned by Maya, but had transferred in order to work with his father, the pizza shop’s manager.
The accident is under ongoing investigation.
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.
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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.