The Times West Virginian

January 7, 2013

Brothers charged with DUI after accident that sent nephew to hospital

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Two brothers were arrested in Mannington on Saturday for driving while intoxicated after one of them got into a crash that injured their nephew and the other apparently tried to help the first one tow the truck from the scene before police arrived.

Daniel Higgins, 48, who had a Tennessee driver’s license, was charged with driving under the influence with injury, said Deputy J. Bledsoe of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

The nephew, Brian Higgins, 33, of Mannington, was flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with serious injuries including a broken neck and a fractured skull, according to Bledsoe.

Daniel Higgins was driving a green Mazda truck at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he drove off Buffalo Brink Road in Mannington, drove over an embankment and flipped the vehicle several times, Bledsoe said.

Daniel Higgins apparently then contacted his brother, William Higgins, 57, of Mannington, who was not involved in the initial accident, to help him move the vehicle. William Higgins was charged with DUI first offense aggravated.

“We received a call that a truck flipped multiple times on Buffalo Brink Road in Mannington,” Bledsoe said. “While en route to the call, we were alerted by the fire department that the subject who had been driving was attempting to leave the scene.”

When Bledsoe arrived at the scene, Brian Higgins was out of the vehicle, lying on the ground injured, and Daniel and William Higgins had attached a chain to the truck that had been in the accident and towed it about 150 to 200 yards away from where it had landed after the crash.


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