Teen killed in DUI-related crash
A 15-year-old boy was killed in a head-on collision near Mill Creek Thursday. The wreck resulted in a Dailey man being charged with a felony count of DUI causing death.
Cole A. Edmond, 19, was arrested by Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies and was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said the accident occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday. A Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Edmond was traveling south on Route 219 near Mill Creek just south of Tygarts Valley High School when the vehicle ran off the road on the right side, Brady said.
The Cavalier then came back onto the roadway, crossing the center line, and struck a north-bound Dodge pickup truck, Brady said. The Cavalier then ran off the road on the left side, traveling down an embankment, and came to rest next to a pond, he said.
One passenger in the Cavalier, a 15-year-old Mill Creek male, was ejected from the vehicle and was killed, Brady said. The sheriff said he would not release the name of the boy at presstime because not all of his family members had yet been notified.
A second passenger, a 17-year-old male, was taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins and then transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Brady said. The sheriff also declined to release the 17-year-old’s name.
The driver of the Dodge truck, an Elkins man whose name was not released, was taken to Davis Memorial with non-lifethreatening injuries, Brady said.
Asked whether the Cavalier passengers were wearing seatbelts, Brady said, “We don’t think so at this time.”
He added “it is still under investigation” whether the two underage Cavalier passengers had been drinking.
“It’s just sad to see three young men’s lives change from such a tragic accident,” Brady said. “This is why no one should drink and drive, and everyone should be wearing their seatbelts.”