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Kanawha sheriff seeks tips on hit-and-run

By Staff reports

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a grisly hit and run where a man was hit by a passing coal truck in front of his home and dragged a quarter of a mile before being freed.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on June 4 in the 2300 block of Cabin Creek Road.

Michael Gentry, 53, was outside his home when a passing coal truck struck him. His left leg was lodged between the rear tires of the truck and he was dragged a quarter of a mile. After Gentry was finally freed, the driver of the coal truck kept going, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Initially, Gentry was listed in critical condition and his left leg had to amputated after surgery that night.

The sheriff’s office is seeking information about the incident from the public. Tips can be given at 304-357-0169 or at


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