FAIRMONT — The identity of a man who was killed in a crash Wednesday involving his vehicle and a Fairmont Police Department K9 truck in Fairmont was still not released as of Thursday.
In a social media post, the Fairmont Police Department said the man who died in the 1:40 p.m. July 10 accident on Country Club Road was a 72-year-old Fairmont man. He was found dead in his vehicle after the crash and was the sole occupant, police said.
Lloyd White, the county’s chief medical examiner, said the cause of death for the man, who was in a Subaru Forester, was blunt force trauma, pending the outcome of an autopsy.
According to police, the state medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the man.
White said he couldn’t release the man’s name.
“I would imagine when they get all of their investigation complete, they will release that,” he said.
In its social media post, the Fairmont Police Department said the Marion County Sheriff’s Department was asked to conduct the crash investigation. This is being done independent from the police department’s investigation, police said.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Bearden said the sheriff’s department is investigating the crash with the help of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department’s accident reconstructionists.
When asked when the investigation would be finished, he said he hoped it would be done “as soon as possible.”
He expected a press release would be issued with the man’s name in the future.
Al Kisner, chief deputy with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, said two accident reconstructionists, a lieutenant and a sergeant, were sent to the scene of the fatal crash at the request of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
As part of their work, he said, the reconstructionists take photos of the scene, do speed calculations, record the damage impact, and then bring back all that information, which they put into a computer in an effort to determine how the accident occurred.
In their social media post, police said the man’s vehicle was struck as it pulled into traffic off a side street.
“An independent witness stated the civilian vehicle ran a stop sign while traveling on Bison Street in an apparent attempt to turn East onto Country Club Road and into the path of the police truck traveling west on Country Club Rd.,” the police department’s social media post states.
The man’s vehicle came to rest on its side and the police vehicle had accordion-like front end damage. Police said that at the time of the accident, the officers “were not actively involved in the concurrent chase of a fleeing vehicle taking place in Monongah.”
In addition, police said there was no inclement weather, the police vehicle did not have its lights and siren activated, and “it was not being operated at an extensive rate of speed.”
Police also said the officers involved sustained injuries, but didn’t take medical treatment. The K9 officer didn’t appear injured, after a veterinarian conducted an evaluation.
Police have not disclosed the name of the Fairmont officers involved in the crash.