Names released in deadly Kanawha County crashes

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.


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