EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGlassgow Community Mourns Teen Killed In Accident
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Reported: Jul. 26, 2013 7:49 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 26, 2013 11:23 PM EDT
Eastern Kanawha County , West Virginia
The town of Glasgow is in mourning after a car accident that left a teen dead.
A decision made late Thursday night that will forever change the lives of five teenagers and their families.
For one, it could mean jail time and for another a life taken far too soon.
Police said Colin Qualls, 16, was killed when the car he was riding in hit a home in Glasgow.
"I had raised the bedroom window, turned the lamp off and had just laid down when I heard brakes and then I heard 'boom,'" homeowner Diane Tucker said.
The boom was a car plowing through Tucker's front yard and smashing everything in its way.
Five teenage boys, all Riverside High School students, were in the car as it rolled twice before coming to a stop.
Four of them walked away from the accident. Their friend, Qualls, 16, did not.
Richard Landers of Glasgow was a witness to the accident scene.
"I thought I might come down and see if I could help,” he said. “ but they said they think the boy's dead."
Tucker described the scene outside her home.
"From where I was standing, it looked like he couldn't be helped,” she said. “And then the first responder got here. After he got here, I left. It was just too much. "
The surviving teens were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and released.
Police said the driver of the Chevy Cavalier was Dustin Burkhardt, 18, who they believe was drunk at the time of the accident.
Landers said something more needs to be done to keep alcohol out of underage hands.
"Prosecute them for murder,” he said. “Maybe that will slow down and make people think before they go into the store and buy beer or something for these young kids."
It was a lesson not just for the adults, but the teenagers as well.
"My heart goes out to this boy's mother,” Tucker said. “I don't know when these young kids are going to understand that they're not immortal. It just makes you sick that they take these kinds of chances."
Qualls' mother said they plan to have a candlelight vigil on Monday and a funeral Tuesday at the high school.
As for the driver of that car, police said they could do one of two things.
They could arrest Burkhardt or they could wait until all evidence is in and take the case to a grand jury.
One teenager died and four other teens were hurt after an accident in Kanawha County early Friday.
Colin Qualls, 16, of Cedar Grove died in the accident, West Virginia State Police First Sgt. Michael Baylous said.
Qualls was a passenger in the Chevy Cavalier that Dustin Burkhardt, 18, of Cedar Grove was driving, when he apparently lost control and flipped the vehicle twice.
Sgt. Baylous said investigators believe Burkhardt was driving under the influence at the time of the crash.
The accident happened about 12 a.m. along Hughes Creek Drive.
Three other teens, ages 16, 17 and 18, who were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, were injured. Their conditions and names have not been released.
Burkhart was taken to a Charleston hospital hospital to be checked out. He had been released by early Friday afternoon, a hospital employee said.
Sgt. Baylous said that his agency will seek an arrest warrant for Burkhardt on DUI resulting in death.
All of the students involved in the crash were students at Riverside High School.
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