Police say excessive speed and improper passing were likely the cause of a two-vehicle accident Tuesday that claimed the life of a Beverly man and injured another man who could face criminal charges.
Michael Scott Phillips, 38, died as a result of the accident. Phillips was the passenger in his Jeep Wrangler, driven by Aaron Kittle, 24, of Beverly.
Police say Phillips' wife had delivered their baby at their home, and he and Kittle were following the ambulance transporting the mother and child to Davis Memorial Hospital.
Elkins City Police Lt. S.D. Richards said Kittle was traveling on the Beverly Five-lane near the Chenoweth Creek Road intersection, and the investigation by the Elkins Police Department determined Kittle was improperly using the vehicle's emergency flashers and improperly passing cars when he hit a Ford Explorer driven by Elizabeth Balderson, 52, of Beverly.
Elkins police have found Kittle at fault. Richards told The Inter-Mountain that Elkins Police Department has presented criminal charges to Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Busch to determine if Kittle will face prosecution.
Tracy Fath, director of marketing and development at Davis Health System, told The Inter-Mountain on Wednesday afternoon that Kittle was listed in stable condition in Davis Memorial Hospital.
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