Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 2, 2014

1 killed in vehicle crash

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — A Mercer County man who was involved in a single-vehicle rollover wreck early Saturday morning was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of the injuries he received, according to law enforcement officers who responded to the crash site.

Jonathan Tyler Blankenship, 24, of Pipestem died as a result of the injuries he received in the crash, according to Deputy A.M. Ballard of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Ballard assisted Deputy G.C. Paitsel, also of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at the crash scene that was on Mercer Springs Road near the intersection with Bethel Road. Deputy C.K. Lester also assisted.

“A passenger in the Blankenship vehicle, Matthew Dustin Pettrey, 24, of Lerona, did not appear to be seriously injured,” Ballard said. “Mr. Pettrey was transported by the Princeton Rescue Squad to Princeton Community Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

“Mr. Pettrey was wearing his seat belt and Mr. Blankenship was not wearing a seat belt,” Ballard said.

Paitsel’s report of the wreck was not immediately available, but according to Ballard, it appeared as though the Blankenship vehicle got into some loose gravel on the side of the road, went off the road, rolled and landed on to its roof. Sheriff’s deputies received the call at 2:58 a.m.

“Members of the Athens Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the crash,” Ballard said. No additional details were available early Saturday morning.

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