CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Two Charleston men were killed in separate traffic collisions Thursday morning in Kanawha County.
According to Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies, Anthony Hamitou, 25, of Charleston, died after being struck by a vehicle as he rode a bicycle on Paint Creek Road near Middle Patch Gallagher.
“The vehicle was navigating a turn. The driver called 911,” Sgt. Brian Humphreys said.
The collision occurred at about 5:20 a.m.
Fifteen minutes later at approximately 5:35 a.m., a truck being driven by Tyler James Smith, 18, of Charleston veered off of state Route 214 north of Charleston. Smith, a recent graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, was traveling toward Charleston in his pick-up, Humphreys said.
“As he approached the intersection of Rutledge Road it veered off the road to the left, struck a parked DOH tractor and then struck a telephone pole, killing the driver,” he said.
The collision occurred at the Go-Mart.
Accident reconstruction experts responded to both crash sites.