CLAY, W.Va. – It was a tragedy that impacted many Clay County residents and Wednesday night the community will unite in vigil for the victims of last week’s pickup truck crash that killed a teenage girl and injured 10 other passengers.
The accident happened on Route 36 in Bomont in the early morning hours of Aug. 7. The young adults, aged 14-20, were on their way home from a ghost hunt when 18-year-old driver Isaac Murphy lost control of the Ford F-150, ran through a guardrail and struck a tree. The pickup rolled onto its side and onto 17-year-old Kara Conley, who died at the scene.
Conley was one of five teens riding in the bed of the truck. The other six were in the cab. The survivors suffered various injuries, including one passenger who “is still in the hospital and on life support,” said Clay County Commissioner Jerry Linkinogger.
Before the commission meeting Wednesday, President Mike Pierson asked attendees to pray for the victims and their families.
“It’s something the whole county is praying about, especially the family of Kara Conley,” said Pierson.
A community-wide service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Clay County High School.
“Wednesday night is church night in Clay County. So most of the churches will gather at Bradley Field,” explained Linkinogger. “We’ll all be in one large group praying for the children of our county and praying for our school system and for a good school year and praying we don’t have other accidents like this one.”