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Charges expected after teen is critically injured in ATV wreck in Fayette Co.

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FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) -

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A Fayette County teen is in critical condition after an ATV accident in the Beckwith area late yesterday evening. 

Sheriff Steve Kessler released the following information concerning this incident: Just before 10:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015 notification was received through the Fayette County 911 Center of a wreck on West Virginia Route 16 near Cotton Hill involving a side-by-side ATV. Units from the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department, Jan Care Ambulance Service and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. 

Upon arrival at the scene it was found that the ATV had ran off of the roadway and rolled over several times. Both occupants had been ejected. The passenger in this ATV, a 17 year-old female had suffered critical injuries. She was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center by Health Net air ambulance. 

"This teenager suffered very critical injuries in this wreck," said Sheriff Kessler. "Had it not been for a passing motorist who stopped to render first aid until EMS arrived at the scene, she would probably have died at the scene." The driver of this ATV was identified as Casey Dillon Kessler, age 21, of Ansted. He was transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. His condition is unknown at this time, but he did not appear to be seriously injured at the scene. 

No criminal charges have been filed at this time in connection with this accident, but information gathered during the preliminary investigation indicates that Kessler was most likely intoxicated at the time of this incident. Criminal charges of DUI Causing Injury are anticipated to be filed against him in the very near future. This incident remains under investigation by Deputies A.B. Hudson, R.V. Neal, G.W. Rinehart and E.A. Shrewsbury of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. 

"This is the third serious ATV accident that we have responded to in the past two weeks," said Sheriff Kessler. "In each of these incidents the driver of the involved ATV has allegedly been intoxicated. The operation of ATVs can be inherently dangerous in and of itself, but operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is a recipe for disaster."

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