December 19, 2011 – Pratt, W.Va. – A woman was killed Sunday, December 18, when her vehicle struck a tree.
A news report on WSAZ indicates that the accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on Paint Creek Road. According to Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies, the female was driving her car along the road when she lost control of the wheel and the vehicle veered off of the pavement. The vehicle then crashed into a nearby tree before going over an embankment.
The vehicle’s driver, Tabitha Shamblin, 27, was killed in the accident. She died at the scene. Shamblin’s daughter was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Her daughter was not injured.
Paint Creek Road was blocked to traffic for several hours following the accident. The roadway has since been reopened.
The cause of the crash remains to be resolved. The accident is still in the stages of investigation by local authorities.
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.
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