Hit and Run Driver Dies after Rollover Crash; Name Released

UPDATE 7/11/14 @ 11:05 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The name of the man who died after hitting multiple cars in Kanawha County on Thursday, has been released.

Deputies say 46-year-old Michael McKinney of Clay, Wv, died at the hospital Thursday from injuries after his car flipped several times and he was ejected.

It happened after he was involved in a series crashes starting in Kanawha City. Police say he hit about five different cars after driving through downtown and onto Interstate 79.

Witnesses say he was driving at least 100 miles per hour and was weaving in and out of traffic.

Investigators are still looking into a cause, but say multiple empty beer cans were found in the debris from the crash.



ORIGINAL STORY
UPDATE 7/10/14 @ 4 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The driver involved in at least five separate crashes before flipping his own vehicle several times along Interstate 79 has died.

The rollover crash was reported about 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Big Chimney exit.

Charleston Police say before the driver crashed he was involved in a hit and run near 42nd Street in Kanawha City. Then, he headed towards downtown Charleston before getting on the interstate.

Police say the driver of the car was involved in at least five separate crashes, including at least two near the I-77/I-79 split before the vehicle rolled and he was thrown from the car. Police say several cars were hit, but no one was hurt in those accidents.

A witness at the scene tells WSAZ.com the driver of the car passed him on the interstate going at least 100 MPH and cutting off other cars on the road. The witness says when he caught up to the vehicle he noticed the driver had crashed and he was thrown from the car.

Metro 911 also received several reports of the driver weaving in and out of traffic going at least 100 MPH, according to a news release.

The driver was taken to CAMC General where he was later pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

Deputies are still trying to figure out what caused the crash, but investigators say several empty beer cans were found in the crash debris.

According to a news release, the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Right now, one northbound and one southbound lane are closed in the area of the crash.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash where a vehicle has rolled several times after it was involved in a hit and run.

The crash was reported about 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Big Chimney exit.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com one person has been thrown from the vehicle.

Charleston Police say before the vehicle crashed it was involved in a hit and run near 42nd Street in Kanawha City. Then, the driver headed towards downtown Charleston before getting on the interstate.

Police say the driver of the car was involved in at least five separate crashes, including at least two near the I-77/I-79 split before the vehicle rolled. Police say several cars were hit.

A witness at the scene tells WSAZ.com the driver of the car passed him on the interstate going at least 100 MPH and cutting off other cars on the road. The witness says when he caught up to the vehicle he noticed the driver had crashed and he was thrown from the car.

No word on the extent of the injuries.

Right now, one northbound and one southbound lane are closed in the area of the crash.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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