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Man charged in fatal Chapmanville wreck

By Staff reports

LOGAN, W.Va. -- A Chapmanville man was arrested Thursday in connection with a crash nearly a year ago that killed a volunteer firefighter whose father is the city's mayor.

Thomas Dillon, 32, was charged with negligent homicide, driving without insurance, going left of center and failure to maintain control in an Aug. 8, 2011 crash that killed Cory Price, according to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court.

Price, 21, was the son of Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price and had worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Logan County sheriff's deputies concluded a nearly yearlong investigation into the crash this week. They determined Dillon was speeding when he lost control, crossed the center median and struck Price's motorcycle, the complaint said.

Several witnesses told deputies that Dillon was driving his 1999 Plymouth Neon erratically along W.Va. 10 heading north, according to the complaint. One witness said he nearly rear-ended Dillon near Pecks Mill when he ran off the left side of the road.

Dillon then crossed into the southbound lane and struck Price head on, according to the complaint.

Dillon and Price were both taken to Logan Regional Medical Center. Price was then taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, where he was pronounced dead.

Dillon was arraigned before Magistrate Danith Miller, a senior status magistrate from Pocahontas County, and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. He faces up to a year in prison and no more than $1,000 fine if convicted. A judge may also permanently revoke his license.

 


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