Her attorney, Donald Tennant, of Wheeling, said he couldn't proceed with the claim without the uniform crash report. He's devoted a "fair amount of time" to tracking it down without any luck, he said. He's contacted State Police and other local police agencies working that night.
"We haven't found any other documented evidence that she wrecked her car that night," he said.
Strickland said eventually she was able to track down an officer shift log showing Nitro police responded to a single-vehicle accident that night. However, that report read: "referred to Kanawha County. The accident occurred prior to her entering city limits."
She contacted the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department but was still unable to find the report. Sheriff's Capt. B.C. Robbins wrote her a letter last month saying he couldn't find the report either. There's no record of deputies being dispatched to the crash that night, he wrote.
"We are not able to generate an official West Virginia Uniform Crash Report almost nine months after the fact," Robbins wrote. "Our agency would have no way to investigate the circumstances, damage or even the area in which the crash was supposed to have occurred."
Strickland said she doesn't know what else to do and just wants to have the crash taken care of. She's since undergone physical therapy for a sprained neck she sustained in the rollover.
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