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Fatal DUI Suspect Released From Jail

January 8, 2013

WHEELING — John Hatfield, who allegedly caused a fatal accident while driving drunk on an Ohio County road in November, was released from jail Monday after posting a modified bond....

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Muggles

Apr-08-14 2:36 PM

Amazing you know Mr. John Hatfield. You must be from Arkansas also. Question is, IF HE IS married, why was he dating a dancer from Jill's? And why was he served after he was still being served alcohol at the club? Anyone should have known he was beyond wasted. I hope Jill's has to pay the consequences also.

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DMcLachlan

Jan-16-13 11:20 AM

Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves! I have met John and his wifes family and they are all amazing people. Everyone makes choices and the one this man made will haunt him and his family for his entire life. I cant imagine the burden he will carry with him forever more and that alone is a bigger punishment than any judge could ever hand him. So before being so cruel, how about you think of EVERYONE involved in this very sad story. My heart goes out to all involved and may God be with this woman and her family also!

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DMcLachlan

Jan-16-13 11:20 AM

Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves! I have met John and his wifes family and they are all amazing people. Everyone makes choices and the one this man made will haunt him and his family for his entire life. I cant imagine the burden he will carry with him forever more and that alone is a bigger punishment than any judge could ever hand him. So before being so cruel, how about you think of EVERYONE involved in this very sad story. My heart goes out to all involved and may God be with this woman and her family also!

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jjenks73

Jan-14-13 9:03 PM

It amazes me how people pass judgments so easily without knowing all details!! There are lessons learned for ALL parties involved

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Country1

Jan-11-13 2:28 PM

I know John Hatfield. He graduated with me and he is a very strong Christian man with a beautiful wife. He is not a "creep" in any way. Yes he did make a mistake and he will suffer the consequences for it. My condolences go out to the girls family & friends. BUT you cannot sit here and judge him bc he was working out of town on the pipeline? That is his job. My husband works out of town all the time. He is not a creep. It just saddens me that all of you will sit here and judge him when we have not even heard both sides of the story. Her side is being covered up and Im sure there is a reason for that. I know he feels terrible and having to live with this type of guilt for the rest of his life is a major punishment in itself. He is not a "danger" to society or some white trash like you guys are making him out to me. Its really sad. Stop judging. You have no clue about this man or his journey in life.

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mikeyd

Jan-09-13 8:19 AM

how did this get to who's doing what jobs around here?if it was a local he would face the same charges.the guy killed someone.no bleeding heart here.now that he is released he can drink some more.us locals have to sit in jail just for a regular dui without killing anybody.favoritism?

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Muggles

Jan-08-13 11:16 PM

It amazes me. Ogden never gives both sides of anything. All you need do is get a copy of the Sheriffs report.

It will all come out at the trial.

And just so you all know, Nichole, and Steph were sitting at a stop sign when they got slammed.

Anyway you look at it, its murder. He took a life, now he has to deal with the consequences. Revoke his license for life, no work driving privleges, and about 60 years behind bars with Bubba should solve Mr. Hatfields drinking problems. Just saying.

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Sue0202

Jan-08-13 7:30 PM

GETACLUE... Get your info correct before you give your input... It's just interesting as to why the girl driving the car blood alcohol level hasn't been released. Was she drunk too? It does make a difference if they were also behind the wheel drunk. All the facts are not being told. My heart goes out to everyone involved..

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Muggles

Jan-08-13 6:30 PM

GETAGLUE.... You are wrong. The passenger was killed, not the driver.

I posted in the original story. I am an uncle to Stephanie. Nichole was driving the car.

Mr. Hatfield hit them with such an impact that the rear end of the car ended up at the rear of the front seat. I am surprised anyone survived.

It makes no difference what they were doing out that night. They had nothing to do with being rear ended by someone who should have never been behind the wheel of a vehicle.

I don't care, whose niece it was, it should have NEVER happened. No 15 year old should have to grow up without a parent because someone has no conscience about climbing behind the wheel being WELL over the legal limit. Not only is he to blame, but lets not forget the bar personnel who kept serving him. Their ABCC license should have been suspended the following day.

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GETACLUE

Jan-08-13 5:07 PM

Sue0202... REALLY????? What does that have to do with anything? The story has only ONE SIDE this goof was HAMMERED, SPEEDING DOWN THE ROAD AND KILLED A YOUNG MOTHER AND NEARLY KILLED HER PASSENGER ALSO.....END OF STORY

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Janey78

Jan-08-13 12:15 PM

I think not. Most of the 25% hired have been doing this type of job for years. If your so upset about them taking your jobs go get a union card and stand in line and apply!!! I agree this story has been very one sided and maybe we should learn all the facts of the case before we go throwing this man under the bus and condemning him!!! I think it's time you get to the bottom of it and report all the facts of the case! My heart goes out to all involved. It was a tragic accident and many many lives were ruined or changed forever. How about we search our hearts for some compassion and forgiveness? This could have happened to anybody. How would you feel if it were you? Something to think about!

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Janey78

Jan-08-13 12:10 PM

I wonder if you all would be saying these things about him if he were a local???? My guess is probably not! Let him out so he can forget the victim and her family.....really??? You think it's going to be that easy for this young man to forget? I think not. This is something he will live with for the rest of his life. Yes, her family has suffered a great loss and nothing compares to that loss, but do you know how this young man feels? I think not! Are any of you Christians? Doesn't the bible say we are not to judge people and we are to forgive just like God has forgiven us. I believe so. If this had happened to a local none of you would be making this much fuss about it. And maybe you should check into the requirements of the hiring out of folk who work on these pipelines and drilling jobs. I believe they are required to hire 75% out of the local union and the other 25% the company brings in. You think you can just go out there and do the work these men do without any experience??

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mikeyd

Jan-08-13 10:38 AM

i've seen them white pickups around lots of bars here.they condemn us for being a bunch of drunks.it's up to the girl's dad to take care of this if the courts don't.that's my view.

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Beaverhausen

Jan-08-13 10:29 AM

Please let this young man get on with his life and forget the life he snuffed out and the family who will forever live with the consequences of his actions. Why keep him in jail? It isn't like he has done this before!!! Poor thing.

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Sue0202

Jan-08-13 9:58 AM

The media needs to be doing more research on this. There is always two sides to every story and we are not hearing the other side. What was the blood alcohol level of the girl not released?? What was this mother doing out at this time of night? Lots of unanswered questions

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acousticportal

Jan-08-13 8:37 AM

Too bad he isn't a medical school candidate and fled the scene...our community is very fogiving of killing someone under those conditions....remember?..

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Triton

Jan-08-13 8:27 AM

Previous incidents and he wants to be released from jail and go back to his gas job. Wonder if the family of the deceased girl could sue the energy company for bringing someone in this area who is this reckless. So how many more drunken killers are now in the area? When we had some school administrators involved in a booze related driving incident, and we were told all about them, where they work, etc. So how come no mention of the name of the company that brought this creep to our valley. Is he a pipeliner or driller? Does he do a job that someone local could have been doing, minus the murder of a local mother of course. There was a burglary of a car lot in Moundsville done by another one of these creeps and he too had a previous record of crime, and I heard was actually on work release from some other state. We were never told where he worked either. Why censor this info? These companies recruit these people elsehwere and impose them on us. Why not tell us more?

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