Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 28, 2014

Police locate and search vehicle that may have run over Mercer woman

MATOAKA — A Mercer County woman who was airlifted from Lake Bottom after she was run over by a car, underwent surgery on Sunday for her injuries, according to the state police.

“The victim was involved in a domestic argument with a male subject,” Trooper N.S. Syner of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police said. “She jumped out of the vehicle and the vehicle ran over her.”

The victim, a 22 year-old-female, managed to crawl from the road into the yard of residence on Rock River Road about 1.3 miles from Matoaka, according to Chief S.A. Sommers of the Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department. Sommers said that Matoaka Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene and started to provide first aid to the victim.

While personnel from Matoaka assisted the victim, firefighters with the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department set up a landing zone at Lake Bottom. The victim was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center. Syner said she was suffering “an obvious broken leg,” among other injuries.

State police continued their search for the vehicle and located it on Sunday, obtained a search warrant and searched the vehicle. “We interviewed a suspect, Daniel Ernest, 28, of Matoaka, after we seized the vehicle,” Syner said. “We have not been able to interview the victim yet, but charges are pending.” Syner said that police found the suspect vehicle in Princeton.

The initial call came in at about 7 p.m. Saturday night, Syner said. The case remains under investigation.

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