UPDATE: Charleston Man Pleads Guilty in I-64 Fatal Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/17/12 @ 10:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man charged in a fatal accident pleaded guilty to the crime Monday.

Thomas Paul Sturm, 26, of Charleston, was set to go on trial Monday in Kanawha County, but before anything got underway Sturm pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. That's a misdemeanor.

Under the plea agreement, the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death was dropped.

The fatal accident happened back in September 2011, but it wasn't until May that Sturm was indicted in connection with the case.

Investigators say Sturm was traveling very slow, or was stopped, along Interstate 64 near Cross Lanes when Zachary Hudnall, of Scott Depot, crashed into him. Sturm took off, according to investigators.

Police say the back lights on a trailer and truck that Sturm was driving were out at the time of the crash.

Hudnall was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day.

Hudnall graduated from Winfield High School in 2004 and was a student at West Virginia State University.

Sturm faces up to a year in jail. His sentencing is scheduled for October 26.



UPDATE 5/31/12 @ 2 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Almost a year after a fatal crash along Interstate 64, a Charleston man has been charged in the alleged crime.

Thomas Paul Sturm, 26, of Charleston, was arraigned Thursday on negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

The fatal accident happened back in September 2011, but it wasn't until this month Sturm was indicted in connection with the case.

Investigators say Sturm was traveling very slow, or was stopped, along Interstate 64 near Cross Lanes when Zachary Hudnall, of Scott Depot, crashed into him. Sturm took off, according to investigators.

Police say Sturm also had the lights on his vehicle turned off at the time of the crash.

Hudnall was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day.

Hudnall graduated from Winfield High School in 2004 and was a student at West Virginia State University.

Since Hudnall's death, detectives have been trying to locate the driver. According to court records, investigators have been talking to Sturm since in October, but he was never charged. Then, he was indicted by a grand jury last week.

During his arraignment Thursday, Sturm pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The judge set Sturm's bond at $20,000 property only. He has until Monday to post it or go to jail.

Sturm is scheduled for trial September 17.



UPDATE 9/22/11 @ 3:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has died from the injuries he received in a car accident in Kanawha County.

Friends and family say Zachary Hudnall, 25, of Scott Depot, was involved in a crash on I-64 near the Cross Lanes exit early Monday morning.

Hudnall died Tuesday at CAMC.

He was a a student at West Virginia State University and a 2004 graduate of Winfield High School.

Hudnall's funeral is set for Friday afternoon at the Davis Creek Nazarene Church in South Charleston.

According to a news release, Hudnall was traveling east on I-64 when he came upon an unknown vehicle either stopped or traveling very slowly without lights.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say Hudnall's car struck that vehicle and went out of control. According to the release, that's when a van traveling east hit Hudnall's vehicle pushing it into the path of another car.

Deputies are still trying to locate the driver of the unknown vehicle. According to a news release, investigators believe that vehicle should have substantial rear-end damage. It could be a pick-up truck possibly with a lift kit raising it higher off the ground than standard trucks, according to the release.

Any person with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0160.



UPDATE @ 5:30 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com all lanes of I-64 Eastbound are back open following a multiple vehicle crash.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/19/2011 @ 2:30 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A multiple vehicle crash has all lanes of I-64 Eastbound shut down Monday morning.

The crash happened about 1:20 a.m.

Kanawha County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com three or four cars were involved.

One person was taken to the hospital with injuries, but the extent of those injuries are unknown at this time.

The road is expected to be shut down until approximately 6:30 Monday morning.

We have a crew on the way to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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