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Crash reconstruction released in fatal crash in Hancock County

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 01:39 PM EST

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va.  – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has released its final report about an automobile accident that claimed three young lives in January on W.Va. 8 near the intersection of Tomlinson Run State Park.

Driver Kristen Butcher, 16, front seat passenger John Emmett Snow, 16, and back seat passenger Kaylin Rice, 16, were killed in the accident.

“This was a very involved accident,” Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said. “In many ways, there was a lot of information that had to be gathered. We want to make sure we get it right and cross our t’s and dot our i’s. Most importantly, we want the opportunity to present this information to the families involved.”

A night that began in happiness ended in tragedy when a Chrysler traveling southbound at 68 mph in a 55 mph speed limit attempted to pass a car and was struck by a fire truck traveling northbound with lights and sirens activated.

“They had all left a basketball game enjoying a school function,” Fletcher said.

Butcher attempted to pass in a no-pass zone, and then swerved back into the southbound lane, leaving a yaw mark in the northbound lane, according to the report.

Butcher then swerved back into the northbound lane into the path of the oncoming fire truck, leaving the car sideways in the northbound lane facing east when it was struck by the fire truck. The primary point of impact on the Chrysler was on the passenger side rear quarter panel, just past the passenger side door, leaving the car split in half, according to the report.

All three of the occupants in the Chrysler were ejected and there was no evidence that indicates they were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

 “They all grew up together,” Fletcher said. “The families know one another so when a tragedy of this magnitude affects … They are all just known for generations.”

There were five firefighters in the truck. Several of them sustained injuries from the crash and were treated and released from the hospital that night.

Bob Evans Restaurants in Weirton, Steubenville, and East Liverpool will hold a fundraiser Friday through Sunday from open to close for these three students. They will donate 15 percent of guest checks – dining in or take out. Just bring a copy of the flier or simply mention it to the cashier.




Crash reconstruction released in fatal crash in Hancock County

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