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Bizarre twists in a West Virginia highway tragedy

If you drive about three hours south of Huntington, you will come to the small town of Renick, West Virginia. It is there that a tragedy took strange twists on a state highway.

According to a news report, a South Carolina man was driving north on Rt. 219 early on a recent Monday morning. He then made a terrible decision, as he swung his vehicle across the solid line in the road to try and pass an 18-wheeler. He did not make it. His car slammed head-on into a West Virginia man's vehicle.

The 72-year-old West Virginia man from nearby Marlinton was rushed to a hospital, but died there of his injuries.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina man was apparently undeterred by the fatal crash. He made his way somehow to an airport not far away. He rented a vehicle there and continued on his way.

West Virginia State Police began a search for the man, who was arrested after his rental car was spotted at a grocery store. He was taken into custody on a negligent homicide charge.

The article we read on the strange tragedy did not detail how the man managed to get from the scene of a deadly head-on collision to the airport. So we can't shed any light on his unusual behavior.

We do know that in some similar situations, people flee the scene of a motor vehicle accident because they fear arrest. They are often afraid of being held accountable for driving while impaired, distracted driving, speeding or some other form of recklessness.

No one can undo the damage done to the victim or erase the pain his family feels. But an experienced personal injury attorney can help hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions.

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