WVSP investigate fatal accident on W.Va. 2

By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police is investigating an accident which resulted in the death of a Huntington man.

Ray A. Bowser, 72, formerly of Point Pleasant, died from injuries he sustained in the crash which happened around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

Trooper B.C. McCormick said Bowser was traveling north on W.Va. 2 (Ripley Road) in a Chevrolet van. Also at this time, a Dodge Dakota driven by Callie Burgess, 29, of Letart, was attempting to enter W.Va. 2 near the intersection of W.Va. 2 and Jericho Road. McCormick said Burgess began to turn south on W.Va. 2 when she allegedly made contact with Bowser’s van, and it appears Burgess accidentally sideswiped the side of Bowser’s van, with this impact causing the van to roll once. McCormick said Bowser’s van came to a rest on the driver’s side at the Auto Doctor repair shop near the intersection of Jericho Road and W.Va. 2. At this time in the investigation, McCormick said it did not appear Bowser was wearing a seat belt.

Bowser was taken from the scene to Pleasant Valley Hospital and he was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center where later that same day he died from his injuries. Burgess, who was wearing her seat belt, sustained minor injuries and there were no passengers in either vehicle, McCormick said.

McCormick said Burgess was cited for failure to yield and it did not appear weather, speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

In addition to the WVSP, also on the scene, Mason County EMS and the Point Pleasant Fire Department. The accident remains under investigation.

By Beth Sergent


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