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Deadly DUI crash case still on pause

March 1, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — A man accused of killing his father while allegedly driving intoxicated at speeds reaching 100 mph along W.Va. 2 last year is continuing to seek medical treatment as his case remains pending in Cabell County courts, according to his attorney.

Clinton L. Walker, 35, of Huntington, was charged last year with DUI resulting in death for the death of his father, Clinton Joseph Walker, and DUI causing serious bodily injury for the injury of family member Ashley Acord. The Feb. 14, 2017, crash occurred in the 5800 block of W.Va. 2 (Ohio River Road) near the YMCA Kennedy Center.

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After the crash, Walker, who also was severely injured, was sent to William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital for medical care and an evaluation on his competency. He was later released and has spent months working with mental health physicians to restore his memory and work on other issues after suffering a brain injury in the crash.

The case has remained at a standstill as a result and will continue to do so until at least April 24, when the sides will return to Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell’s courtroom for an update on the case. Farrell on Tuesday asked Walker’s attorney Kim Carico for reports from those doctors that would help her claim that Walker was not competent to assist her in his case.

Carico said Walker has been working with neurologists and psychologists to help with his health, but it could take at least two years before he is fully restored, if it happens at all.

Criminal complaints filed in Cabell County by the West Virginia State Police said on the evening of Feb. 14, 2017, emergency responders were called to W.Va. 2, where they found a car heavily damaged after it had traveled off the road and struck a tree.

The complaints allege Walker and his father had been drinking excessively for about an hour at a Guyandotte bar before the wreck and had left to take Acord to work.

The defendant was identified as the driver, the deceased was

the front passenger and Acord, 19, was the rear passenger.

Walker lost control of his vehicle and it crossed into opposing traffic, left the road and struck several guide wires before coming to rest after crashing into a tree, the complaint said.

Acord said she “shut her eyes when she saw the speedometer hit 100 mph” before the crash occurred, according to the complaint. Acord said Walker was driving so fast because she needed to get home and then to work before her shift started. Several witnesses indicated they had also seen the vehicle speeding.

Further investigation found within an hour and 15 minutes before leaving the bar, the younger Walker had consumed seven shots of liquor and one beer. Former Cpl. W.G. Hash, who filed the criminal complaint, wrote that officers found a box of beer and numerous empty beer cans scattered throughout the crash scene and a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

Walker remains out of jail on bond.

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