Chase Ends in Car Crash
WHEELING — Twisted metal remained wedged Friday in a newly constructed retaining wall on Wheeling Hill as a result of a crash that launched a Pennsylvania man through his windshield.
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department has detailed the injuries suffered by Washington resident Keith Dale Malone II, who was pinned between his vehicle and a guardrail at 12:10 a.m. Thursday following a high-speed pursuit with deputies.
Malone, 32, is being treated at the Ohio Valley Medical Center for a severe compound fracture of the left femur, several other fractures to his legs, a broken hip and lacerations to his head. Malone is facing charges of fleeing while driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, second-offense driving under suspension, reckless driving and driving without a seat belt.
The pursuit began at Main and 10th streets where Malone reportedly failed to use a turn signal. He quickly accelerated to 45 mph in the 25-mph zone. He allegedly ran the red light at the top of Wheeling Hill.
Nearly 300 feet of skid marks were left by Malone’s vehicle that reached 80 mph down Wheeling Hill. He lost control of the vehicle which struck the concrete and steel retaining wall on the north edge of U.S. 40. Malone was ejected from the vehicle. He then rolled into the east lane. The vehicle rolled into Malone pinning him against the guardrail.
Three grams of marijuana were reportedly found in the vehicle. Several bottles of beer also were reportedly recovered from the car. The Wheeling police and fire departments responded to the scene, and emergency workers told deputies Malone smelled of alcohol.