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UPDATE: Family of DUI Crash Victim in Nitro Speaks Out

By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/12/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of a young man injured in a DUI-related crash is is speaking out.

Family members tell WSAZ.com that Matthew Morris, 28, was riding in an SUV with two friends when they were hit.

It happened Wednesday just before midnight at the foot of the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.

Morris was thrown from the vehicle and now remains in critical condition. He was the only person seriously hurt in the crash.

"His face is unrecognizable, and he has some fractured ribs," mother June Morris said. "It was a pretty bad night and a bad day all day today."

Police say the driver of the other vehicle is Justin Miller, 34, of St. Albans. They say Miller failed three sobriety tests and admitted to drinking "a couple of beers."

"It's bad enough when you're driving and you take somebody else's life into your own hands, but when you're drunk driving, it's even worse," June said.

Best friend Ed Rowley says he watched Matthew grow up, seeing him through good times and bad. But he says seeing him in the hospital will be the toughest visit yet.

"I just want him to know that I love him and I care about him, and I want him to get through this," Rowley said.

Miller is charged with DUI causing injury.

Matthew's family members say he's just two months shy of his 29th birthday.

Although he isn't able to speak right now, they say he has been showing signs of responsiveness.

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UPDATE 12/12/13 @ 1:25 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nitro Police say a man that was thrown from a vehicle in a crash late Wednesday is in critical condition.

The crash happened about 11:45 p.m. at the intersection of Main Avenue and Carter Street at the foot of the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.

Police say a Ford Escape driven by Geoffrey Seabolt was hit by a Dodge Neon driven by Justin Miller, 34, of St. Albans.

Police say a person was thrown from the Escape. That person was taken to CAMC General and is currently in the ICU. His name has not been released.

Nitro Police say Seabolt and another passenger in his vehicle were treated by medics at the scene with minor injuries.

They say Miller admitted that he hit the vehicle and had been drinking "a couple of beers."

Miller performed three sobriety tests and police say he failed all three tests.

He has been arrested and charged with DUI causing injury. He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

The Nitro-St. Albans Bridge was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash but is back open at this hour.

Nitro Police are investigating the crash with the assistance of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

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UPDATE 12/12/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from St. Albans is charged with DUI following an accident that sent another person to the hospital.

The accident happened just before midnight at the bottom of the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.

According to the criminal complaint, when police responded to the crash, Justin Dwight Miller, 34, of St. Albans, walked up to the officer and said he was driving east on Main Street when he hit another vehicle coming off the bridge into Nitro.

Police say the passenger of that vehicle was ejected. He was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Police say during the conversation with Miller, the officer said he could smell alcohol on him, his speech was slow and his eyes appeared glassy.

According to the complaint, Miller told the officer he had "a couple of beers."

Police say Miller failed three field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol limit was .183. That's more than two times the legal limit.

Miller was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

The Nitro-St. Albans Bridge was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash.

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UPDATED 12/12/13 @ 6:52 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All lanes of the bridge connecting Nitro and St. Albans have reopened after being closed for hours following a wreck late Wednesday night.

One person was hurt in the wreck. Police arrested another person, 34-year-old Justin Miller, on a charge of DUI causing injury. He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

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UPDATED 12/12/13 @ 3:51 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person has been arrested after a crash that has closed the Dick Henderson Bridge that connects Nitro and St. Albans.

Nitro Police tell WSAZ.com the driver of an SUV was thrown from the vehicle when it was struck by a car traveling east on Main Ave. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital. That person's name and condition have not been released.

The driver of the car was arrested and charged with DUI.

The bridge remains closed as investigators reconstruct the crash.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/12/13 @ 1:36 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A car crash in Nitro has closed the Dick Henderson Bridge that connects Nitro and St. Albans.

Metro 911 dispatchers say the crash happened a little before midnight Wednesday.

Nitro Police say two cars were involved. The crash happened at the intersection of Main Ave. and Center St.

One person was taken to the hospital by ambulance. That person's condition is unknown.

The bridge is closed while investigators examine the crash scene.

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