Buckhannon assistant city attorney ID’ed as victim of Thursday night fatal crash

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Longtime Buckhannon Assistant City Attorney and former Municipal Court Judge H. Matthew Hymes, II is identified as the victim of a Thursday night fatal crash in Upshur County.

According to Mayor David McCauley, Hymes succumbed to injuries he sustained during a crash Thursday evening at the intersection of U.S. 33 and Childer’s Run Road.

His vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer traveling east on U.S. 33. The vehicle was reportedly knocked off of the road and was upside down.

Hymes was an alumus of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College, and later graduated from the West Virginia University law school.

He was a longtime law partner with Coleman & Wallace, a 50+ year member of the Buckhannon Lions Club, a parishioner at First United Methodist Church, a veteran of our armed services, a former adjunct instructor at Wesleyan, and a fixture on our tennis courts.

McCauley said Hymes also volunteered as a tennis coach with the BUHS tennis team.

“Matt supported all things involving the children of our community,” he said. “All of us at City Hall and our City organization are devastated with his loss, and we grieve Matt’s passing with his family, friends, and all of us who dearly loved him.”

Buckhannon Police Department is investigating. Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS also responded.

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