EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFriends, Family Remember Victim Of Fatal Marmet Crash
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Reported: May. 14, 2014 9:56 AM EDT
Updated: May. 14, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
MARMET, W.Va. (Katy Brown) --A deadly car accident on Wednesday took the life of a young man. Family and friends were in shock.
"Regardless of any problems that he had, he always kept a smile on his face," Sydney Clark said.
But now that's not an easy task for friends and family of Alex Neophytou. Friends said the 21-year-old was the driver of the maroon Pontiac involved in the deadly accident Wednesday morning.
"It just sucks this had to happen to him," Clark said. "I had just seen him yesterday driving down Washington Street."
Police said the accident happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, along W.Va. Route 61 between Charleston and Marmet.
Witnesses told police the Pontiac crossed the center line, hitting the grey Jeep wrangler head on.
Police said Neophytou wasn't wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friends of Neophytou took to social media posting their condolences and memories. Clark described Neophytou as a loving, caring, and giving person.
"My brother didn't get anything for his birthday. Alex, being fortunate, he took a gold chain right off his necklace and he gave it to my brother," Clark said.
"He would give someone his last if he had it."
He had a kind heart that his Adelphia work family said was accompanied by a lot of laughing.
"You know everybody always laughed around Alex. Just had one of those personalities that sort of lit up a room," Tracy Abdallah at Adelphia said.
Abdallah said Neophytou was a cook at Adelphia Sports Bar and Grill at one point. And though he wasn't currently working there, Neophytou left his mark.
"He had an accident in the kitchen one time and he cut his finger. From that point on we called him Stumpy," Abdallah said.
He said that was a moment everyone was able to laugh about together.
But now, with heavy hearts, friends and family are saying goodbye to a life taken far too soon. No word on any arrangements for Neophytou was available.
Two others were injured in that accident, the driver of the Jeep and a passenger with Neophytou. Both were taken to the hospital.
MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Kanawha County deputies said a head-on crash on Route 61 near Turnpike Ford that killed a driver and injured two other people occurred after a car crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.
The wreck happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when a Pontiac G6 going south went across the center line and collided with a northbound Jeep, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. The impact forced the Jeep onto the retaining wall separating Route 61 from Interstate 64 and the West Virginia Turnpike. The driver of the Jeep and a passenger in the Pontiac were transported to Charleston Area Medical Center. The driver of the Pontiac was killed in the crash.
The sheriff’s office said driver of the Pontiac was not wearing a seat belt. The driver’s body is being transported to the chief medical examiner’s office where an autopsy may be performed.
Names are being withheld while family members are notified of the event.
The incident is being investigated by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office’s Crash Reconstruction Unit.
MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- MacCorkle Avenue has reopened following a fatal crash that killed one driver and injured two other people.
The two-vehicle, head-on crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday near Turnpike Ford between Marmet and Charleston.
Metro 911 said the road was closed while investigators reconstructed the crash.
MARMET, W.Va. (John Tincher, Jeff Morris) -- MacCorkle Avenue remains shut down near Turnpike Ford between Marmet and Charleston after a head-on crash that claimed the life of one driver.
Metro 911 said the accident happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The accident involved a car and a Jeep. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency crews removed him from the vehicle. A passenger in the car and the driver of the Jeep were being transported to the hospital. The driver of the Jeep, who sustained a leg injury, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be removed by emergency crews.
MacCorkle Avenue is closed while investigators do a reconstruction of the crash, an emergency dispatcher said.
Kanawha County deputies are investigating the accident.
MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- One fatality was reported and three injuries after a two-vehicle, head-on crash on MacCorkle Avenue between Marmet and Charleston.
Metro 911 said the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. near Turnpike Ford. There was entrapment after the wreck, but emergency crews were able to remove people from the wreckage. An emergency dispatcher said three people were being transported to the hospital.
MacCorkle Avenue is closed while crews clear up the debris from the accident.
Kanawha County deputies, Kanawha County medics and the Marmet Fire Department responded to the accident.
MARMET, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Emergency crews were at the scene of a two-vehicle, head-on crash on MacCorkle Avenue near Turnpike Ford.
The crash was reported about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on the stretch of road between Marmet and Charleston, an emergency dispatcher said. There was confirmed entrapment.
Kanawha County deputies, Kanawha County medics and the Marmet Fire Department were at the scene of the crash.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.
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