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Driver dies after rampage through Charleston

Charleston Daily Mail photo  The driver of this Chevrolet Impala crashed into five vehicles in Charleston before heading north and wrecking three more on Interstate 79 and rolling his car in the median.
Charleston Daily Mail photo
The driver of this Chevrolet Impala crashed into five vehicles in Charleston before heading north and wrecking three more on Interstate 79 and rolling his car in the median.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A driver went on an apparent rampage in Charleston Thursday and was killed when he flipped his car while speeding on Interstate 79 just north of the city.

The man, whose name was not being released Thursday evening, caused at least eight crashes, five in city limits and three on the interstate.

Kanawha Metro 911 began receiving reports just before 2 p.m. about a white Chevrolet Impala being driven erratically through Charleston.

The tear came to an end when the vehicle flipped just past the Big Chimney exit, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha sheriff’s spokesman.

The first crash occurred about 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of MacCorkle Avenue and 42nd Street in Kanawha City, Sgt. Randy Sampson, Charleston traffic division commander, said in a statement.

The Impala and another vehicle crashed and were pulled off to the side of MacCorkle Avenue when the driver got out of the Impala, walked up to the other vehicle car and began striking the window. Sampson said the female driver was frightened and called her son.

The man then got back into his car and fled the scene heading west on MacCorkle. Sampson said he struck a parked vehicle as he left.

 He drove next to the East End, where he was involved in another crash on Washington Street at Court Street. He fled the scene again.

He struck another vehicle on the Washington Street Bridge, drove around that vehicle and rear-ended another car on the bridge, police said.

“The male ended up striking this vehicle a total of five times, possibly trying to move it out of his way,” Sampson said in the statement.

The man then took the Interstate 64 East on-ramp and headed for Interstate 79.

Humphreys said the man was involved in three crashes on the interstate. He lost control of the Chevy near the 7-mile marker and crashed into the median. The car rolled and the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected…

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