GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. — The Mayor of Point Pleasant and his wife are recovering after being involved in a motor vehicle accident on W.Va. 2 on Tuesday evening.
According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by Shirley Billings of Point Pleasant was headed south on W.Va. 2 near the Par Mar gas station in Gallipolis Ferry. Her husband, Brian Billings, mayor of Point Pleasant, was the passenger.
The sheriff’s department says the Billings were slowing down and came to a stop due to two cars ahead of them also having come to a stop in the highway to make a left turn. At this time a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by a juvenile was traveling behind the Billings’ sedan. The juvenile failed to stop and rear-ended the Camry driven by Shirley. According to witnesses, the Camry spun several times, was airborne for a brief moment and then crossed the northbound lane of traffic, eventually landing in the Par Mar parking lot. Luckily, no other vehicles were in the northbound lanes of W.Va. 2 when the accident occurred.
Shirley was taken by air medical helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of her injuries with the mayor saying the force of the crash caused her to come into contact with the steering wheel, causing lung bruising. The mayor was taken by ambulance, also to Cabell Huntington Hospital…