A car accident on Thursday, February 25, 2016, left two people dead. The wreck occurred around 3:52 p.m. midway between the Roanoke interchange of I-79 and a rest area in Lewis County, West Virginia. According to news and police reports, a Kanawha County man lost control of his SUV he was driving in the southbound lane when the vehicle went through the median into the northbound lanes and collided with a Dodge Caravan.
One of the passengers of the Dodge Caravan were pronounced dead at the scene while another passenger died later en route to the hospital. The driver of the Caravan and a third passenger were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital by Lewis County EMS.
According to police, it had been snowing and the roads were wet. The police believe that the weather and speed were factors in causing the collision. According to news reports, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department is reconstructing the collision and will meet with the Lewis County Prosecutor’s office to determine if they will move forward with criminal charges.
Speed is a major factor in many car crashes. In 2014, 32,675 people died in car accidents in the United States. Major contributors to these fatal collisions are alcohol, speeding, lack of seatbelt use, and other bad driving behaviors, like distracted driving. When you are on the road, be sure to slow down, be aware of all of your surroundings, and drive in a safe manner in an effort to prevent a car accident.