A woman who allegedly caused a deadly car accident in Wayne County on April 7 has turned herself in more than a month after the incident. The chain-reaction accident, which occurred on Interstate 64 at the bridge on Spring Valley Drive, resulted in the death a 70-year-old man.
According to authorities, the car crash took place at about 10:50 a.m. on the westbound lane. As a result of the crash, the 70-year-old man's car fell about 100 feet into a creek. The man suffered critical injuries, including two broken legs, five fractured vertebrae, a broken clavicle and two punctured lungs from four broken ribs. He was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he died 21 days later from the injuries suffered in the incident.
The driver of the vehicle that police believe caused the collision was also injured in the incident. The 39-year-old Guyandotte woman was charged with DUI resulting in injury, but she was released from the hospital before police could arrest her. The woman is currently being held at the Western Regional Jail. The passenger in the woman's car admitted that they had done drugs before the accident. At the hospital, the driver physically struggled with personnel and had to be sedated to receive treatment. Police also reported that before being sedated, the woman said that she had not been driving when the accident occurred and that she did not remember anything about the crash. The woman has had previous convictions for driving under the influence.
For victims and surviving family members in this type of accident, it may be helpful to meet with a personal injury attorney. The lawyer can help gather evidence to support a claim, which could cover medical costs, funeral arrangements and pain and suffering.