Calhoun Teen Dies in Wreck

From the Charleston Gazette:

Calhoun teen dies as unbelted passenger in two-vehicle wreck

CHLOE – A Calhoun County teenager was killed over the weekend in a two-vehicle collision that injured several other people.

Joseph Padgett, 17, of Orma, was a passenger in a car driven by his mother, Janice Marks, 35, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Police.

Their vehicle was traveling south on W.Va. 16 near Chloe when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Cody Clark, 16, of Chloe. Clark’s vehicle was going north when it left the right side of the road. He then overcompensated and his vehicle crossed the center line, according to the release. The wreck took place just before midnight Saturday.

Padgett, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered severe head injuries and was taken by HealthNet to CAMC General Hospital, where he died Sunday night, according to the release.

His mother and his stepfather, Phillip Marks, were in CAMC General on Monday with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the release.

Clark was taken to a hospital by family members, according to the release. A passenger in his car, Nicholas Stevens, 17, of Big Bend, was not injured.

No charges had been filed Monday. The investigation is continuing.

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