The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 13, 2009

Summers County man dies in auto accident

A Summers County man died Sunday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on an icy roadway and struck a tree.

Cpl. T.J. Cochran, with the Summers County Sheriff’s Department, said Carl McDonie, 45, of Hinton, was reportedly filling in for his brother David.

David McDonie is contracted to perform delivery services for The Register-Herald.

Cochran said it appeared that Carl McDonie had finished the deliveries in and around Hinton and was heading home at about 7:30 a.m., when he hit a patch of ice in the southbound lane of W.Va. 12 approximately half a mile past the Willowood Bridge in Forest Hill.

The 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara he was driving went off the road into a yard and the passenger side slammed into a tree, scattering some newspapers across the lawn, Cochran indicated.

McDonie, who was trapped inside the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cochran said.

It is believed, Cochran said, that McDonie was going “a little fast” for the slick road conditions.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the McDonie family,” said Frank D. Wood, publisher of The Register-Herald. “It’s a very sad day. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this extremely difficult time.”

The Forest Hill Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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