BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Nicholas Robert Farthing pleaded guilty of DUI resulting in death in front of Judge Darl Poling on January 11, 2022.
Farthing was charged regarding a deadly accident on I-64 in Raleigh County on April 13, 2020.
A long awaited verdict that Prosecuting Attorney Ben Hatfield said was delayed while they analyzed black box data for more details about the crash.
“I would never want a set of victim’s survivors thinking that they have unanswered questions from a case that I have been involved in and that is why it did take so long,” Hatfield said. “We were dealing with the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory and we were downloading vendata recorders and those type of things and processing that does take a while.”
Hatfield told the court Farthing had a blood alcohol content level of .217, twice the legal limit, and demonstrated what he calls “gross recklessness,” driving over 150 miles per hour when he struck a car driven by Summers County resident Isaiah Brown. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no bargaining involved in the plea and Farthing is not eligible for probation. Hatfield said he is glad to finally bring closure to Brown’s family.
“To families, this is the most important or impactful event maybe that has ever happened to them so getting them answers so that they can process their grief and process what they are going through adequately is probably one of my paramount concerns,” Hatfield said.
Farthing faces three to 15 years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines.
There is no set date for sentencing. Hatfield said a date will be set after a pre-sentencing report and he intends to pursue the maximum sentence.