Woman Dies In Head-On Crash

MOUNDSVILLE – A Marshall County woman died Saturday as a result of a two-vehicle accident on W.Va. 2 near the former Columbian Chemical Plant.

According to Sheriff Kevin Cecil, Charlene Rutan, 51, of Gatts Ridge Road was killed on impact after she was hit head-on by the other vehicle at about 6:20 p.m. The other driver was indentified as Jacob Fluharty of New Martinsville. There were no other passengers in the vehicles.

Cecil said Fluharty was driving recklessly and left of center when the vehicles collided. Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the accident.

Fluharty was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour before being taken by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Law enforcement was not aware of Fluharty’s condition as of Sunday.

Cecil said he anticipates there will be charges against Fluharty in the near future.