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West Virginia man arrested after fleeing scene of car accident

A man in West Virginia was arrested after fleeing from the scene of an accident. Toxicology results indicate that the man had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the car accident. Police have also discovered that the man may never have had a valid driver's license.

The man wrecked the Buick he was driving when he ran it into a utility pole. He then left the scene of the accident despite the fact that his passenger was injured. According to witnesses, the driver left the scene, returned, put his friend into the bed of a pickup truck that had pulled over to help. Then he left again.

Police finally caught up with the driver and had him taken to an area hospital. The driver attempted to flee yet again while at the hospital emergency room, but this time he was naked. In the meantime, his passenger had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. The passenger's current condition is unknown.

The driver is now facing a litany of charges, including DUI. The passenger that was injured in the car accident has the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver in accordance with West Virginia law. Medical bills and lost wages tend to add up quickly for someone that has sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. If he is able to prove that the driver was negligent and that his actions caused or contributed to his injuries, the passenger may be awarded the costs and other damages he has incurred as the result of the collision.

Source:, "Dingess man arrested following crash," Rachel Dove-Baldwin, Feb. 21, 2013

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