A Tornado woman died following a single-vehicle crash on Coal River Road on Wednesday, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday a white Chevrolet Cavalier traveling south exited the roadway to the left and struck a tree, he said. Witnesses reported the vehicle was traveling about 55 miles per hour prior to impact. One witness said the car braked until it nearly stopped and then suddenly accelerated.
The witness saw this several times prior to the crash, and planned to report the driving to 911 as soon as it was safe to make a call, Humphreys said.
The vehicle may have been the subject of a BOLO (be on the lookout) issued by Metro 911 several moments earlier due to the report of a white car driving erratically near the intersection of Coal River Road and West Main Street near St. Albans, he said.
The driver, Tammy Holsopple, 47, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, he said. She was trapped in the vehicle and members of the Tornado and West Side fire departments responded to extricate her from the car. She subsequently died.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of West Virginia will perform a toxicology test as part of the investigation.
The officer responding to the accident scene was Deputy J. Yost.