On Thursday, April 18 2002 at approximately 2030 hours, a seven year veteran Fayette County West Virginia Sheriff's Deputy was critically injured in a two car motor vehicle accident on US route 19 at the intersection of Laurel Creek Road in Fayetteville West Virginia.
Deputy Mark A. Webb age 32 was responding to back up a Mount Hope City Police Officer who was in active pursuit of a suspect on a motorcycle. As Deputy Webb proceeded through the intersection of US Route 19 and Laurel Creek Road he collided with a SUV which occupied two other persons.
The driver of the SUV was transported to an area hospital where he was admitted for the night and released the following day from minor injuries. The other occupant of the SUV was also transported to an area hospital where she was treated and also admitted for her injuries. At this time she is being treated for her injuries, but her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Deputy Webb had to be extricated from his cruiser, with the extrication taking about thirty minutes from the mangled patrol cruiser. Deputy Webb was flown from the scene of the accident by Healthnet Aero-Medical Services to the trauma unit at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division in Charleston, West Virginia.
Deputy Webb suffers from a broken neck, several fractures to his skull, internal injuries which required immediate surgery, a broken upper arm which required surgery, and numerous other injuries. At this time, Deputy Webb in admitted to the intensive care unit at CAMC General Division where he remains unconscious from his injuries.
The suspect who was fleeing from the police officer in Mount Hope was apprehended and charged with numerous traffic offenses. The men and women of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department would ask that you remember Mark in your prayers, as well as, his children, wife, and the remainder of his family.