UPDATE: Man charged in fatal accident waives preliminary hearing

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 4/23/2020 8:30 p.m. UPDATE: The man charged in connection with a fatal accident was supposed to be in court Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Nicholas Robert Farthing was scheduled to see Magistrate Judge Tomi Peck. He chose to waive his preliminary hearing and will now see the grand jury as early as May 15, 2020.

Farthing was charged with DUI resulting in death and is currently out on bond.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 4/14/2020 8:00 a.m. UPDATE: One person is dead and another man is facing charges after a deadly accident on I-64 in Raleigh County.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department were called to an accident near eastbound mile marker 125 on I-64 Monday, April 13, 2020. When the fire department arrived, two cars were on fire.

The people in one car were able to escape, while the driver of the other car was trapped. Deputies found the driver of the car, Kenneth Isaiah Brown, of Hinton, dead at the scene.

Throughout the investigation, deputies learned the driver of the other car, Nicholas Robert Farthing of Cool Ridge, was reportedly impaired. In addition to driving under the influence, speed is also believed to be a factor for the accident.

Farthing was arrested and charged with DUI Resulting in Death. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Jan Care Ambulance, West Virginia State Police, Beaver Fire Department, Ghent Fire Department and Mabscott Fire Department responded to the scene.


BECKLEY,WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: Both eastbound lanes of I-64 are closed near mile marker 126 following a car accident.

Raleigh County Dispatchers told 59News the call came in at 7:25 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. Two cars are on fire, but no injuries are reported right now.

Jan Care EMS, Beaver Fire Department, Mabscott Fire Department, Ghent Fire Department, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, and Transportation Management are currently on scene.

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