A hit-and-run accident involving a coal truck in rural Kanawha County, West Virginia (WV), cost a man one of his legs. The collision occurred on the night of June 4, 2014, but the details were only recently released to the press. State police have been unable to track down the driver of the commercial truck, and law enforcement officials are asking anyone who may have witnessed or learned about the crash on Cabin Creek Road to contact them at (304) 357-0169 or www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Compounding the damage the truck must have done to the pedestrian when it first collided with the man who had been standing by the side of the road, the accident victim got trapped between the rear wheels and was dragged for some distance. Emergency responders and the medical team at a nearby hospital were able to save the man's life but could not repair the leg.
As a personal injury lawyer who has assisted many people hurt in these types of accidents, I know that any hit-and-run collision can change a person's life for the worse while also leaving them unable to hold the responsible driver accountable. It is my hope that the coal truck operator is quickly identified and made to face all appropriate criminal and civil penalties. Should that not be possible, the injured man may have coverage for his medical bills, lost wages and disability through the uninsured/underinsured motorist provisions of his own automobile insurance policy.