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Police are investigating a fatal car accident in West Virginia

Police are investigating a head-on collision that took place on a West Virginia highway in Wood County. The car accident killed one driver and sent a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital with serious injuries. It is not yet known which driver may have been at fault in the accident.

Both vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on West Virginia 2 when they collided. The vehicle that was occupied by the passenger that suffered serious injuries also contained the driver and a three-month-old baby. Both of them were taken to an area hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries and were later released. The current condition of the seriously injured passenger is not known. Though she has a different last name from her driver, it was not reported if there are related.

Police have indicated that they have a general idea what happened, but they need to conduct further investigation to be sure. They are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact the Wood County Sheriff's Office. No charges have been filed as of yet.

While investigators determine what happened and who was responsible for the accident, the driver of the northbound vehicle and the family of the woman traveling south may want to seek advice on what their rights and responsibilities are in connection with the car accident. If the deceased driver is found to have been responsible for the accident in civil court, her estate may be held liable by the court for the injuries sustained by the passenger in the other vehicle. If the driver of the northbound vehicle is found to be responsible, he could be held liable for costs and damages incurred by the family of the deceased woman and potentially for the injuries to his passenger.

Source: Parkersburg News and Sentinel, "Vienna woman dies in two-vehicle crash," Mandi Cardosi, Jan. 29, 2013

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