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July 16, 2014

Man killed in UTV accident identified

FAIRMONT — The name of the man killed in a UTV accident over the weekend has been released.

According to Detective Jeanette Williamson with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, John Richard Stull, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene of the UTV accident on Mods Run Road near Mannington on Saturday afternoon. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m.

Stull was driving the utility task vehicle (UTV, or side by side).

Williamson said there were four occupants in the UTV at the time of the accident. She said there were two males in the front seats and two females in the back seats.

Williamson said Stull was the only rider not wearing a seat belt and that he was also not wearing a helmet.

She said the UTV was traveling up a “steep hill” when it hit a rock and the UTV flipped backward. That caused the vehicle to pin Stull to the ground.

The other three riders were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital by ambulance for injuries and were later released.

“They went to Ruby because they thought (Stull) was going to get life-flighted there,” Williamson said Monday.

HealthNet responded to the scene but no one was transported by air.

Stull was born July 16, 1982, in Morgantown, a son of Richard and Lori M. Stull of Mods Run, Mannington.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Stull, and two sons, Rudy Don Stull and Jax Logan Stull, all of Mannington; a former wife, Jennifer O’Dell of Mannington; a fiancée, Kerry Flaherty of Flemington; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many, many, friends.

John was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

John was a Union pipefitter and welder, and member of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local No. 152. He was also a member of the UMWA construction workers. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, working in his garage, and loved riding anything that had a motor. He had a “zest” for life. He was a mud racer and loved to put on a show.

Funeral services will be held at the Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington, at 1 p.m. today with Pastor Lee Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at Viewpoint Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pet Helpers Inc., 726 East Park Road, PMB 311, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Email Emily Gallagher at or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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