Police release names in Mill Creek wreck
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 15-year-old who was killed in a DUI-related crash Thursday near Mill Creek.
Timothy Roger “Bo” Hornick of Mill Creek died from injuries suffered in a head-on collision after being ejected from a white 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Cole A. Edmond, 19, of Dailey. The wreck happened at about 2:30 p.m. as the vehicle was traveling south on Route 219 near Tygarts Valley High School.
Sheriff’s deputies charged Edmond, who was uninjured in the accident, with reckless DUI causing death, a felony. Edmond is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, set Friday by Magistrate George M. Riggleman.
Sheriff Mark Brady also identified the second passenger in the vehicle as 17-year-old Eric Davis of Valley Bend. Davis suffered injuries and was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital Thursday, but by early Friday evening, his condition had improved, the sheriff said.
“The last I heard, I think he was doing OK,” Brady said.
According to previous reports, the southbound Cavalier ran off Route 219 on the right side before veering back on the road, crossing the center line, and striking a north-bound Dodge pickup truck. The Cavalier then ran off the road on the left side, traveled down an embankment, and came to rest next to a pond, according to previous reports.
The criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office reveals Edmond, the driver, had allegedly been drinking vodka prior to Thursday’s fatal wreck.
Following the wreck, Edmond allegedly told Deputy M.P. Dyer, the investigating officer, that he’d lost control of his vehicle when he hit a gravel berm. The teen said he attempted to steer his Cavalier back onto the roadway.
“He would not provide any additional information,” Dyer noted in the complaint. After allegedly smelling an alcohol-like odor on Edmond’s breath, Dyer asked Edmond if he’d been drinking.
Edmond allegedly admitted to drinking “some vodka” earlier in the day. Dyer administered a preliminary breath test to Edmond, which he allegedly failed, registering a blood alcohol content of .087. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08, according to state code.
“Due to his distraught condition at the scene and possible confrontations I transported (Edmond) to the Elkins Police Department for three standard sobriety tests,” Dyer wrote. The complaint alleges Edmond failed two tests – the horizontal gaze nystagmus and the one-legged stand – and passed one: the walk-and-turn test.
Edmond allegedly twice refused to take a fourth intoximeter test; he was then transported to Davis Memorial Hospital for medical clearance prior to being taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he remained as of presstime.
In a written statement, the driver of the Dodge pickup truck told Dyer he’d seen the Cavalier round a curve too fast before its front passenger-side tire caught the berm of the road.
If convicted, Edmond faces imprisonment for two to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine between $1,000 and $3,000.
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