Jentil Jones Perry, 15, Victim of a Drunk Driver. She was a guest at a wedding that I shot June 30th, 2007. A week later she was killed by a drunk driver along with her sister, father and 2 others. The driver that caused the accident had 7 prior DUI's!
TAKEN FROM THE NEWSPAPERS......
Brian John Stone, 32, was driving a 2007 Ford-150 eastbound and rear-ended a 2001 Ford Taurus, knocking it across the median, where it collided head-on with a westbound 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, authorities said.
Dead at the scene were one adult and one child in the Taurus and two children and one adult in the SUV. Seven others were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, including three who are in critical condition.
Wayne Kile, 43, project manager for Allegheny Energy, was among the first drivers to come upon the wreck scene and got out of his car to see if he could help, the Dominion Post reported today.
"The whole front of the car (Taurus) was mashed into the front passenger and driver's seat," he said. "The woman in the front seat was awake and alert, but the driver in the smaller car slumped over to the side." In the back seat, Kile said, a teenager was unconscious and bleeding, along with a baby.
Kile said the woman kept saying, "Please, Lord. Please Lord."
Police said a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy in the Taurus were killed.
They are withholding the names of all the victims until relatives are notified.
Stone was not hurt in the wreck. He was found about a half-mile from the scene, walking east along the highway. Monongalia County Sheriff's Deputy D.W. Wilfong said he smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech and swaying while being questioned.
The Dominion Post reported that in September 2002, Stone was arrested for DUI and later convicted.
A Connecticut newspaper has identified three of the victims killed in a crash on Interstate 68 near Morgantown.
Obituaries printed in The Intelligencer newspaper in Wheeling identify the two others killed as a father and son formerly of Sistersville.
Authorities in Monongalia County, meanwhile, have not responded to calls seeking official confirmation on the names. So far, the Monongalia sheriff's office has refused to release the names of the dead or injured.
The Hartford Courant reported that former Middletown, Connecticut residents Donnell Perry, 52, and his daughters Jentil Jones Perry, 15, and Jacquesha Jones Perry, 13 were killed in the crash.
Perry's wife, Marcia, his daughter Justine and three of his grandchildren were injured and are being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Marcia was in intensive care Tuesday and relatives said the children were in stable condition.
Relatives told the Hartford paper that Perry and three of his eight children had moved to West Virginia from Middletown a few years ago when he took a job at Pratt & Whitney Engine Services Inc. in Bridgeport.
The Perrys were returning home after spending the Fourth of July with family members in Middletown and watching a New York Yankees game on Friday.
Perry's sister, Brenda Mabine, told the newspaper she found out her brother and two nieces were dead at about 7 a.m. Monday.
"It's been very, very hard," Mabine said.
Jentil was a quiet cheerleader and Jacquesha, also known as "Kiki" was a more outgoing type who loved baseball and was known for her ever-changing hairstyles, the newspaper reported.
Both girls were described as hardworking students.
Donnell and Marcia were described as "great parents" who had adopted five of their children.
Marcia kept her job in Middletown at Connecticut Valley Hospital while Donnell moved to West Virginia with three of the couple's younger children.
The couple took turns visiting each other on the weekends.
Marcia had retired from the hospital two weeks ago and was in the process of moving her belongings to West Virginia, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, officials are trying to determine why the man facing charges in the crash had a valid Pennsylvania driver's license when his West Virginia license had been revoked because of previous drunken driving convictions.
Under the terms of a multistate compact, Brian Stone, 32, would have been ineligible for a driver's license in Pennsylvania if he got it after his West Virginia license was revoked.
If he got it before his West Virginia license, West Virginia officials should have been notified of his Pennsylvania license.
Stone is being held at North Central Regional Jail on five counts of driving under the influence causing death and one count of third or subsequent offense DUI.
His bond is set at $1.35 million.
Stone's West Virginia driver's license was revoked in May 2004, according to Steve Dale, assistant to the commissioner of motor vehicles.
Stone, whose home is listed as Gans, Pa., by the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, was a frequent visitor to the Cheat Lake area, where his parents live.
Police say he had been drinking when the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a passenger car Sunday night, knocking it across the median, where it collided head-on with another vehicle. Police have acknowledged that two adults and three children in the two vehicles were killed, and six hospitalized. Stone was not injured.
In 2002, 2004, and 2005, Stone was convicted of drunken driving in West Virginia. He was also facing another drunken driving charge from April, and was awaiting trial on drunken driving charges in Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Dale said state officials think it's possible Stone got his Pennsylvania driver's license before his West Virginia license was revoked. But if that's the case, the West Virginia's Division of Motor Vehicles should have been notified that he had a Pennsylvania license when he applied for his West Virginia license.
"We have no record that Pennsylvania ever notified us that he ever got a license in Pennsylvania,'' Dale said.
West Virginia and Pennsylvania both abide by the Driver License Compact, which requires states to share information on applicants for driver's licenses. Under the terms of the compact, states also notify each other if the holder of a valid driver's license in one state applies for a license in another state.
"Theoretically, they shouldn't be able to get a license without us being notified, but we hear that it happens,'' Dale said.
Danielle Klinger, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said she couldn't comment specifically on the Stone situation, citing privacy concerns.
However, she said that all driver's license applicants in Pennsylvania have to turn over any other valid license they may have as part of the application process.