ELKINS, W.Va. — A Randolph County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to DUI causing a death following a crash last June that killed a teenage boy.
Cole Edmond, 20, of Dailey, admitted in an Elkins courtroom that he was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his car on U.S. Route 219 near Tygarts Valley High School last June 20. The crash killed Timothy “Bo” Hornick, 15, of Mill Creek, a passenger in the vehicle. A second passenger was not seriously injured.
Edmond said he had been drinking vodka earlier in the day. Investigators said he lost control of his car heading around a curve and when he tried to get it back on the road he went across the centerline and slammed into an oncoming vehicle. Edmond’s car then went over an embankment.
Randolph County Prosecutor Michael Parker said it was a tragic case that ruined several lives.
“It just goes to show there are real world consequences to the decisions that everybody makes and it could illustrate that specifically to people of the younger generation who may not think before they act,” the prosecutor told MetroNews Wednesday.
Parker said Edmond will face 2-10 years in prison at his May 2 sentencing. The prosecutor’s office will stand silent at sentencing.