Weekend crash claims one life

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

January 21, 2014

Rachel Baldwin


FAIRVIEW - A young father lost his life over the weekend in a one-vehicle traffic crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 119 early Saturday.

The crash, investigated by Mingo County Sheriff’s Sgt. A. Farra, occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday near the Fairview exit off U.S. 119. Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joe Rumore and eight other members of his department quickly responded to the scene, as well as medics with STAT Ambulance Service.

Reports provided by Rumore state that the victim, Chad Justice, 25, of Belfry, Ky., was traveling in the northbound lane of the four-lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Chevrolet Impala that then struck the guardrail and began to flip several times before coming to rest on its top, partially on the median of the roadway.

Justice is believed to have died instantly from internal injuries he sustained from being ejected from the mangled vehicle. Rumore said the Justice’s body was lying on the roadway approximately 25-30 feet from the wreckage. Attempts to revive the young man were to no avail, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Mingo County Medical Examiner Mike Casey, who ordered the body taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, the fire chief said.

Rumore said that salt trucks from the Mingo County Department of Transportation came to the scene and treated the roadway before it could be sprayed down with water.

“We certainly didn’t want any other accidents to occur,” Rumore said. “There were a lot of fluids that were on the road that had poured out of the damaged vehicle but we wanted the roads salted before we began the clean-up process. Every precaution was teken to ensure the safety of the public.”

Justise, a 2006 graduate of Belfry High School who was employed as a truck driver, leaves behind a wife and two young children, among other family members.