MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. — A Summers County man was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning in Mercer County after being thrown out of the vehicle he was driving.

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Jonathan Tyler Blankenship, 24, of Pipestem who died in the wreck in the Athens area.  The crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators said Blankenship was not wearing a seat belt when his vehicle slid in loose gravel, ran off the road and rolled onto its roof.

According to reports, a passenger in Blankenship’s vehicle, also 24, was wearing a seat belt, survived the crash and was treated at Princeton Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


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  • Krista Salau

    He may have acted foolish once but he saved lives. He talked my dad into going to the hospital the day my dad died. He was a good friend.

  • flossrancher

    So sad that this man stupidly threw his life away. Probably some one cared for him, and wishes he were alive. I was first on the scene of a fatal wreck one night in 1995, near Ona. The car had leaped across a ditch and hit a fence post, and was not horribly damaged; it was still running. A passenger who had been wearing his belt was unhurt, squatting over his dying friend--who had been thrown out--and crying. So sad, and repeated over and over.