CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man will face trial in September in the 2011 hit-and-run death of a Putnam County man near Cross Lanes.
Thomas Paul Sturm, 26, of Charleston was arraigned Thursday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster. He had been indicted by a grand jury in May.
An anonymous caller led authorities to Sturm, Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Holstein said.
The prosecutor's office received a report from the sheriff's office on the crash in April. The findings were presented to a grand jury in May.
"One of the allegations is leaving the scene of an accident, so it took some time to determine who it was that left the scene," Holstein said.
William Zachary Hudnall, 25, of Scott Depot was driving east on Interstate 64 near the Cross Lanes exit about 1:15 a.m. Sept. 19, 2011, when he came upon an unknown vehicle without lights and crashed into it.
The crash caused a chain reaction. A cargo van driven by David Westover, 56, of South Charleston, struck Hudnall's car in the rear, sending it into the path of a car driven by Mark Puryear, 45, of Louisa, Ky.
No one other than Hudnall was injured, and he died at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital the next day.
Hudnall, a Winfield High School graduate, was a year away from earning a communications degree from West Virginia State University. His tight-knit group of friends described him as fun loving and reliable.
The vehicle struck by his car fled the scene, and the only description witnesses could provide was that it was a pickup truck, possibly with round taillights.