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Wife Of Erratic Witcher Creek Driver Recalls Accident

Reported: Jun. 4, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 4, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- An erratic driver is still in the hospital after Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said he caused a three car crash on Witcher Creek Rd.

One day after that crash his wife, who was also in that car, spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News about the terrifying car ride she thought might have been her last.

A newly released 911 tape paints a terrifying picture of what Mary Pritt, 51, can only describe as a surreal experience. Her husband Ronald was behind the wheel of their car. Deputies said he was speeding down the road at 86 mph, showing no signs of stopping.

"He said you wanna go, we're gonna go," Mary recalled. "And that's when he started 100, 120 miles per hour."

Mary said they had just left a VA clinic in Huntington and had stopped at an antique shop in Nitro. She said once they got closer to home her husband's behavior started to change, enough for her to call 911.

"I don't know what's wrong with him. I told him to let me out and he says I don't listen and he's gonna hit this car," Mary frantically told a 911 dispatcher minutes before the wreck.

Mary said she remembers hitting the car in front of them but blacked out when they rolled three times onto the railroad tracks, eventually ending up on the car's top. As to what caused her husband's need for speed Mary said it could have been his health.

"They said his sodium level, his potassium level, everything was down real low and they said it was gonna make him have a heart attack or go real crazy," said Mary.

Mary told Eyewitness News she's bruised but glad to be alive. Mary suffered cuts to her head and leg and has a few bruises on her body.

As for her husband, he's still in the intensive care unit. No word on whether he'll face any charges.



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