UPDATE: Driver Who Died in Police Chase Had Criminal History

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
It happened in the 4900 block of Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes after a pursuit by a Kanawha County Sheriff

WSAZ Photo/Hillary Hall

UPDATE 4/3/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The driver of the car who died in a head-on crash during a police chase had a criminal history that includes resisting arrest and fleeing.

It happened Wednesday evening on Big Tyler Road in Kanawha County.

Investigators say Travis Wade Camp, 30, was driving a green Camaro when he pulled out of a pub parking lot in Cross Lanes and started passing cars in the turn lane.

"Weaving in and out of other cars that were coming toward him," Kanawha County Sheriff's Corporal B.D. Humphreys said. "Other cars were driving off of the road to avoid a crash."

A deputy tried to pull Camp over, but Camp sped up to 85 miles per hour. Humphreys said the deputy eventually called off the chase but kept following Camp down the road. He came across where Camp had wrecked, hitting another car head-on.

"I heard tires screaming up there, you know, brakes. Next thing I know, both of them hit head-on, one of them went up in the air and over the hill," said Harold Johnson, who lives a few hundred yards away from where the crash happened. "I was really shook up."

Johnson said people speed on Big Tyler Road all the time and that he's seen plenty of other crashes. This crash, he said, was bad -- with two cars destroyed and one even catching on fire.

"Ultimately we just want it to be a traffic stop. This person endangering other lives is, it has to be stopped. We can't allow them to endanger the public," Humphreys said of the reason deputies pursued Camp's car.

Camp died at the scene. The driver of the other car, Paula Holmes, 41, was taken to the hospital, where she was finished with surgery as of Thursday afternoon and is expected to be okay. Investigators have not released the names or conditions of the two passengers in Camp's car.

WSAZ.com checked Camp's criminal record in Kanawha County and found he has a criminal history that includes fleeing and resisting arrest, as well as a number of other crimes throughout the past 12 years.

The Sheriff's Department is reconstructing the crash to find out exactly what happened.

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UPDATE 4/2/14 @ 11 p.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Big Tyler Road has reopened late Wednesday night in the area where a man died earlier that evening in a two-car crash, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

The incident started out as a pursuit by a Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy after the man who was killed was spotted driving erratically about 7 p.m. Wednesday.



UPDATE 4/2/14 @ 8:45 p.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The two-car crash Wednesday evening that killed a man in the 4900 block of Big Tyler Road was directly related to a pursuit by Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies, according to the department.

The man killed in the green Chevrolet Camaro pulled out of McNally's Pub in Cross Lanes. He was passing cars in the turn lane, and a deputy tried to pull him over.

The chase began about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Some motorists had to swerve off the roadway to avoid being hit by the Camaro.

At times, the chase reached speeds up to 85 mph. The deputy called off the chase around the 4800 block of Big Tyler Road and turned his lights off.

He continued to drive in that direction, though, and came upon a wreck between the Camaro, which was headed east toward Dunbar, and a Honda Accord headed west toward Cross Lanes.

The Camaro was on fire, and the Accord had landed over a hillside. Two people were pulled from the Camaro, but rescue workers were unable to pull the driver out. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passengers of the Accord were all taken to the hospital with serious -- but non-life-threatening -- injuries.

Residents in the area helped the deputy who first arrived at the crash to try and put out the fire with water hoses.

The crash was reported about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No names have been released just yet.

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UPDATE 4/2/14 @ 8:10 p.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was killed in the two-car crash that happened Wednesday evening in the 4900 block of Big Tyler Road, Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say.

That man was driving a green Chevrolet Camaro toward Charleston. Two passengers in that car were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the other car also was taken to the hospital.

All of the people taken to the hospital suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors in the area said the crash happened after a pursuit, but there was no immediate information if law enforcement was involved or not.

The crash happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No names have been released yet.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/2/14 @ 7:41 p.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A two-vehicle accident has left one person dead and shut down a busy road in Cross Lanes on Wednesday evening.

According to Metro 911, the 4900 Block of Big Tyler Road is shut down in both directions because of that accident.

Several emergency crews are on the scene.

Residents of that area said the crash happened as the result of a car pursuit on Big Tyler Road. It was unknown if that pursuit involved police.

We have a crew at the scene.

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