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UPDATE: Woman Charged in DUI Death of Big Chimney Man

By: Rahel Solomon Email
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UPDATE 9/16/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston woman faces a felony DUI charge, nearly six months after she drove in the opposite lane of traffic and killed a man.

Monday afternoon, a grand jury indicted Angela Walker on DUI resulting in death. Officials say on March 28 of this year, Walker was driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 when she hit Edward Bryant’s truck.

According to his family, Bryant was on his way to work.

Bryant’s family tells WSAZ.com they are pleased Walker has been charged but says it doesn’t ease their pain.

“It's been pure hell. You look for him to come home and he don't,” Bryant’s fiancée Cindy Harper said Monday.

The family tells WSAZ.com, since Bryant’s death he’s already missed important birthdays within their family -- his 21-year-old daughter’s wedding, and in just a couple of weeks his 23-year-old son’s wedding.

“She took a dad, she took a fiancée, she took a child. Nobody is supposed to bury their kid,” Bryant’s sister Loretta Good said.

Officials with the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office say Walker will be arraigned within several weeks.

“They say it gets easier,” Harper said. ” It doesn't.”



UPDATE 3/28/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of the victim in Thursday’s crash says Edward “Eddie” Bryant was traveling to work when he was killed.

“I want him back,” Mary Bryant, Eddie’s mother said.

Thursday afternoon the family gathered at the Harding’s Family Restaurant in Charleston to remember Eddie, 48, of Big Chimney.

It was the first time the whole family has been together since Christmas.

“When I got the call, I thought it must have been an accident with the coal truck,” father Edward Bryant Sr. said. “But it wasn't, he was just on his way to work.”

Eddie, a coal truck driver, was killed by a driver traveling the wrong direction. It happened early Thursday morning around 2:30 between the Westmoreland Road exit and the I-77/I-79 split.

The driver, Angela Renee Walker, survived but is recovering in the hospital.

Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department say alcohol was likely a factor in the deadly crash.

“I don't know how to handle it,” Edward said. “I just don't with a drunk driving woman going the wrong way. ”

“Her family should be right here with us and going through what we're going through,” Loretta Good, Eddie’s sister said.

Eddie was engaged to be married at the time of his death.

His family says Eddie loved his Chevy Camaro, adored his children and was a hardworking man.

“She'll have to live with it,” Edward said. “Like we do... What she done, what she caused. The pain and suffering."



UPDATE 3/28/13 @ 8:20 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Alcohol may have been a factor in a fatal accident in Kanawha County.

The accident was reported about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 between the Westmoreland Road exit and the I-77/I-79 split.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Edward Pete Bryant, 48, of Big Chimney, was on his way to work when his truck was hit head-on by another car.

Deputies say Angela Renee Walker, 46, of Charleston, was driving in the wrong direction in the southbound lanes when she hit Bryant's truck.

Both drivers were taken to CAMC General. Bryant later died at the hospital.

Walker suffered serious injuries, according to deputies. As of 8:30 a.m., Walker remains under evaluation at CAMC General.

Investigators believe alcohol was involved in the crash and ask anyone with information to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 304-357-0169.

The accident remains under criminal investigation.

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UPDATE 3/28/13 @ 6 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some traffic moving on I-77 after a deadly crash in Charleston.

The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Thursday between the Westmoreland Road exit and the I-64/I-77 split.

A Metro 911 dispatcher told WSAZ.com the crash involves a car and a pickup truck and that one of the vehicles was going the wrong way on the interstate.

The dispatcher confirmed one person died.

The other driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Names aren't being released at this time.

One southbound lane is closed but both northbound lanes are open.

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UPDATE 3/28/13 @ 5:52 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com one person has died after a head-on collision on I-77 in Charleston.

Both lanes of Interstate 77 Northbound have re-opened. Southbound traffic is restricted to one lane.

The crash happened happened about 2:30 Thursday morning between the Westmoreland Rd. exit and the I-77/I-79 split. Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the crash involved a passenger car and a pickup. One of the vehicles was going the wrong way on the Interstate.

Two people were transported to CAMC General. Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com one of those people has died.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Both Southbound lanes and one Northbound lane of Interstate 77 are closed after a head-on collision in Charleston.

It happened about 2:30 Thursday morning between the Westmoreland Rd. exit and the I-77/I-79 split. Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the crash involved a passenger car and a pickup. One of the vehicles was going the wrong way on the Interstate.

Two people were transported to CAMC General, but there is no word on their condition, or how long the Interstate will remain closed.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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