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BLUEWELL (WVVA) - Authorities have released the names of the victims in Monday night's deadly accident in Mercer County.

Sheriff Don Meadows tells WVVA News that 25-year-old Kevin E. Brooks of Jenkinjones was killed instantly when the Hyundai Elantra he was driving struck a utility pole then the porch of a nearby home.

A passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Steven Neace of Lebanon Tenn., who Meadows said had been staying in the Montcalm area, is in critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Meadows said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control rounding a curve around 11:23 p.m. Monday.

Meadows also said the driver may have been using a cell phone at the time of the accident.

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BLUEWELL (WVVA) – One person is dead and another is in critical condition after an accident on Lorton Lick Road, Monday night.

Deputies say the accident happened around 11:00 when a white 2013 Hyundai Elantra struck a utility pole and ran up on the front porch of a home.

The residents were home at the time; however no one inside was injured.

Lieutenant Joe Parks with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department says the driver; a white male approximately 25 years of age was dead when he arrived to the scene and the passenger in critical condition.

The passenger was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

The names of these two people are not being released at this time.

Parks said witnesses told him the vehicle was speeding excessively. Parks went on to say this accident is an open investigation and they will examine all possible factors including weather.  

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