EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSParents Of Injured Talk About Clay County Crash
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Larry Clark
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 7:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 9:13 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Parents of accident victims who were not seriously injured said they are thankful and relieved, however their joy is tempered by the fact that a young woman's life was lost in the Clay County crash in which 10 people were hurt.
"He's having a hard time dealing with Kera, but that's rough," Teria Lilly of Clay said. "I mean, that's hard on all of us. Other than that he'll be OK."
Lilly said her son, Carter Morton, 19, has a broken nose and cracked sternum. It was his truck that crashed, but he was not driving.
Lilly said the young people were out "ghost hunting", visiting an area of Clay County called "the booger hole." prior to the crash.
"I seen him yesterday," Lilly said. "He came home from King's Island about 4:30, left went to pick up Kera. And then I seen him again last night. They were in separate vehicles then I guess they all decided to jump in Carter's."
Lilly said she had talked with her son about the dangers of having too many people in his vehicle, especially late at night.
"Yes, yes," Lilly said. "And now he's saying I should have listened to you mom."
Corey Mays, 21, also was injured in the crash. His stepfather said except for divine intervention, the accident could have been much, much worse.
'First thing this morning when I found out I thanked God all morning,' Jonathan Brown said. "Corey said whenever he . . . the wreck was over and he opened his eyes he was laying beside of Kera. And I told him that's how close it comes. And you know these kids are blessed. I feel for the family. I'm praying for them."
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