CROSS LANES, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department released the name Thursday afternoon of the driver killed in a head-on crash Wednesday night in Cross Lanes.
Deputies said Travis Wade Camp, 30, of Nitro and Charleston, was driving recklessly after he left McNally’s Pub along Big Tyler Road.
The deputy turned on his lights to attempt a traffic stop but Camp sped away.
“Speeds of the pursuit at one point reached 85 miles an hour,” said Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Bryan Humphreys. “The deputy said he was going to discontinue the pursuit and turned off his lights and siren and just continued to drive along Big Tyler Road.”
The deputy rounded a sharp curve and rolled up on a collision involving the vehicle he’d been chasing.
“The green Camaro it appeared struck a bank on the right side of the road and then veered left of center and struck a Honda Accord head on,” Humphreys said.
The deputy was able to rescue two passengers from the Camp’s vehicle. They along with the driver of the Accord, Paula Holmes, 41, of Cross Lanes, were sent to the hospital. A neighbor assisted the deputy with a fire hose after the Camaro caught fire. Camp was trapped in the wreckage and wasn’t freed until the fire department arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.