UPDATE: DUI causing death suspect appears in court

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UPDATE 6/9/17 @ 5:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A case against a man charged with DUI causing death is headed to a grand jury.

Kevin Statts was in court Friday for his preliminary hearing.

In March, Statts was involved in a crash that resulted in the death of James Kidd. It happened on Frame Road in Elkview.

According to police, Statts crossed the center line and hit Kidd's car head-on.

Police say Statts was too impaired to operate the vehicle safely and there was no indication that he tried to stop before the impact.

A grand jury is expected to consider the case sometime this fall.



UPDATE 6/1/17 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The wife of a Kanawha County man who was killed by a suspected drunk driver is speaking out in hopes to prevent another tragic accident from happening.

Early Monday morning, on March 13, 2017, Amy Kidd received a phone call from deputies saying her husband, James Kidd, was killed in a head-on car crash. Amy says James, her husband of 14 years, was on his way home from a friend's Sunday evening.

"He just never came home. I called his cell phone multiple times. No one answered. I called his buddy. He said he should have been home a long time ago," Amy said.

Kevin Statts faces charges of DUI causing death. The criminal complaint says Statts was driving along Frame Road when his car crossed the double yellow line, hitting and killing James.

The complaint states that "Statts was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle safely" and had a blood alcohol content of .08 when the crash occurred.

Amy says James was a father of three. "He had so many questions: who's going to take me to baseball? Who's going to teach me to drive? Who's going to teach me to change the oil? Little stuff I would have never thought of," Amy said, talking about their youngest son.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say it's important for drivers to always be vigilant when behind the wheel. If you see someone you suspect is drinking and driving, call law enforcement.

"No matter what time of day it is, no matter what location -- if it's a holiday or a weekend, we're saying the same consistent numbers throughout the week on the weekends. That's with alcohol and drugs," Lt. J. H. Thaxton said.

In the midst of her family's pain, Amy has a message for drivers to think about before driving while intoxicated: "You hit someone and you killed them. You have to be responsible for the rest of your life with what you've done. It's not worth it."

Statts was taken to jail on a $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday June 7.



UPDATE 5/31/17 @ 9:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was arrested on a DUI causing death charge in connection with a deadly crash that happened this past March in Elkview, court records show.

Kevin Statts, 54, of South Charleston, was arraigned Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Statts was headed east March 12 in a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis and crossed the center line in the 4700 block of Frame Road. He struck a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 46-year-old James Kidd of Elkview.

Kidd died at the scene of the crash.

The complaint states that "Statts was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle safely" and had a blood alcohol content of .08 when the crash occurred.

He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail. His bond is $100,000.



UPDATE 3/13/17 @ 11:45 a.m.
ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The names of the people involved in a fatal crash have been released.

James Kidd, 46, of Elkview died in the crash and Kevin Statts, 54, of South Charleston was taken to the hospital with incapacitating injuries.

According to a release, preliminary reports show the car Statts was driving crossed the center line and hit the car being driven by Kidd.

The crash is under investigation and is being reconstructed by a crash investigation expert.

There is no update on Statts' condition at this time.



UPDATE 3/12/17 @ 10:12 p.m.
ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a crash, investigators say.

It happened in the 4700 block of Frame Road at 9:10 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Pinch Fire Department, it was a two vehicle crash. There was a man in each vehicle.

Investigators say one man was entrapped. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Pinch Fire Department says the other man was also entrapped, but he has been transported to the hospital.

The road is shut down. No word on when it will reopen.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/12/17 @ 9:49 p.m.
ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least one person is dead in a car accident, according to dispatch.

It happened in the 4700 block of Frame Road at 9:10 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators tell us another person is injured.

The road is shut down. Reconstruction crews are being called to the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.




 
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