NEW DETAILS: Rafael Herrera charged with murder in I-77 accident


NEW DETAILS:  A fatal accident in Raleigh County on Sunday, March 22, 2015 has lead to murder charges against one man.  Rafael Herrera was charged with Second Degree Murder in Raleigh County Magistrate Court on Tuesday, March 24.  

Herrera apparently pulled off of the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) near the Ghent Toll Booth on Sunday.  Officials said that he then got back on the interstate traveling the wrong direction.   That is when he hit another car head on near mile marker 32.  State Troopers said that Lisa McCormick of Knoxville, TN was driving the car that was hit.  She was killed in the accident.  Three children were critically injured in the wreck.

Herrera is wanted in Pennsylvania on charges of making terroristic threats.  He is also on probation in Florida.  Herrera is being held in the Southern Regional Jail until bond can be set by a Circuit Judge.


Troopers released new information on Monday about a fatal car crash near the Ghent Toll Booth on I-77. Police said the man responsible for the crash is wanted in another state. 

Sgt. Alexander with the Turnpike detachment of WV State Police said Rafael Herrera, 43, pulled off the interstate near the toll booth on Sunday. When he pulled back on I-77, Herrera started driving north in the southbound lane. After swerving past several cars, Herrera hit another car head on. Troopers said the woman driving that car is Lisa McCormick, 43, of Knoxville, TN. She died in the accident. Three children traveling with her were critically injured. Police said two of the children were McCormick’s and the third is a family friend’s. All three children were life-flighted to CAMC and are in critical condition.

Sgt. Painter with WV State Police said Herrera is wanted in Pennsylvania for making terrorist threats and is on probation in Florida. Troopers told 59News that Herrera is in a Beckley hospital. Once he’s released, police said he’ll face charges in West Virginia.


A car crash that happened late Sunday morning, March 22, 2015,  along I-77 leaves one person dead and sends four others to the hospital. 
One of the drivers involved in the crash said that the accident was caused by an SUV that was driving the wrong way down the road.  Officials confirmed that wreck happened at 11:57 a.m. near Mile Marker 32, which is just North of the Ghent toll booth.

The witness said he swerved and their mirrors only swiped, but the car behind him was unfortunately hit head on.  Several people were inside the vehicle, including three children.  Dispatchers say the Ghent Fire Department, Ghent ambulance, Jan Care ambulance, and turnpike police all responded. 
Both lanes were shutdown. 

State Troopers with the Turnpike Detachment said that the victims were in an out of state vehicle.  The name of the victim who was killed has not been released, nor have the names and conditions of those victims who are in the hospital.

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