Lewis woman allegedly overdoses, causes wreck


BUCKHANNON — One woman was arrested after she reportedly overdosed on heroin and caused a wreck that injured another person.

Makyna Layne Kancso, 25, of Crawford, was arrested for DUI causing serious bodily injury, a felony, and remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond set by Magistrate Mike Coffman.

On Sunday, Aug. 2, Cpl. Marshall O’Connor and other officers from the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 20 and Buckhannon Crossroads, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

The suspect vehicle was traveling south on North Locust Street while the opposing vehicle was traveling east on Buckhannon Crossroads turning left onto North Locust as the third vehicle in the row of traffic executing the same turn.

The suspect vehicle was reported to be all over the roadway as if appearing to not have control of her vehicle prior to the accident and ran through the red light and collided with the opposing vehicle as if it was making its selected turn, according to the criminal complaint.

Sgt. Posey arrived on scene and asked Patrolman Sam Kraemer for NARCAN after noticing that Kancso was blue in the face and appeared to not be breathing, which appeared to have caused the accident, according to the criminal complaint.

Kraemer found several items used to smoke controlled substances inside the vehicle. Officers administered Narcan to Kancso, which was successful in bringing her color back as she began to breathe.

Kancso allegedly admitted in an interview that that she smoked heroin minutes prior to the motor vehicle accident and believed she overdosed or became unconscious prior to the accident. This was confirmed by statements taken on scene by Kraemer.

The passenger of the opposing vehicle was taken by Advanced Life Support from St. Joseph’s Hospital to Ruby Memorial.

The accident report from Sunday was not complete as of Tuesday afternoon and no further details were available.


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