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DUI charges filed in fatal Monroe County crash


Charges are filed against a man who was behind the wheel in a fatal Monroe County crash.  

That crash happened along Route 12 in Monroe County on Sunday. It killed one person and sent two children to the hospital.

Charles Dent is charged with DUI causing death, two counts of DUI causing serious injury, DUI with minors, failure to maintain control of vehicle, no proof of insurance, and no proof of registration. 

According to deputies, Dent was driving a pick-up truck with two kids in the backseat when he crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. 

The driver of that car, Janet Jackson, passed away at a local hospital.  Dent was also transported to a local hospital. The two children in the truck, a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old, had to be life-flighted to Roanoke. 

Deputies say the truck was traveling at a high speed when the accident happened. The crash is still under investigation by Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies. 

Dent was arraigned on the charges and released on $7,500 secure bond. 

ORIGINAL 5/14/2018

A three car accident on Route 12 in Monroe County sends several people to the hospital on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  Deputies said one person was killed as a result of the crash.

According to a release, a Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed the center line on the road at around 7:30 p.m.  It hit a red Crown Victoria traveling the other direction head on.  A third car tried to avoid the accident, but collided with one of the other vehicles involved in the accident.

The driver of the Crown Victoria, Janet Jackson, 79, of Peterstown, WV, was taken to Giles Community Hospital where she died of her injuries.  The driver in the Ford F-150, Charles Dent, 38, of Ballard, WV was taken to Princeton Community Hospital.  Two children were also in the pickup truck, a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old.  They were flown to a Roanoke hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.

There were three people in the third vehicle involved in the accident.  First responders said they received minor injuries and were taken to Giles Community Hospital for evaluation.

When first responders arrived at the scene the Ford F-150 was on fire.  The Monroe County Sheriff said Wes Mills of the Ballard Volunteer Fire Department selflessly put himself between the burning truck and the victim in the Crown Victoria who was trapped in the car.  Mills used his body to shield the victim from the flames until the truck could be pulled away from the car by deputies who used a chain and a police car to move the truck.

Deputies said the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident happened.  The crash is still under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.  The Sheriff extended thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of those involved.

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