On July 4, 2016 at around 1:30 a.m. Deputy Boner of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a car crash at U.S. Route 119 and Alum Creek Road. Three people were reportedly ejected from the vehicle.
Upon arrival five minutes later the Deputy saw a gold Nissan Maxima in two pieces. The front part of the vehicle was on Alum Creek Road. The second was in the roadway near the intersection.
The other involved vehicle, a Nissan Murano, was occupied by two people. The passenger had an arm injury and the driver was not injured. That vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage in the crash.
Witnesses said the Maxima was driven from Brounland Road across U.S. 119’s north-bound lanes and into the south-bound lanes when it was struck by the Murano. Witnesses estimated the speed of the Maxima to be between 60 and 100 mph and did not stop at the stop sign before entering U.S. 119.
Mitchell Tyler Garrett (19 of Saint Albans) died as a result of his injuries in the crash. The driver and another female passenger in the Maxima were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.
The causes of the crash are still under investigation.