Driver Travels in Incorrect Lane for 11 Miles, Collides with 18-Wheeler
Details of the Fatal Accident
According to authorities, police first received 911 calls about a wrong-way driver on Interstate 64 around 4 am Friday. Callers stated a tan sedan was speeding westbound in the eastbound lanes.
Two officers responded in separate vehicles and attempted to stop the car, traveling eastbound in the eastbound lanes. The first patrol car was passed by the sedan and the second was traveling behind the tractor-trailer the sedan eventually collided with.
The driver of the sedan, identified as 23-year-old Dwayne Eddie Bowman, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials determined that Bowman had traveled at least 11 miles in the wrong direction prior to the collision.
Family Members Break into Car Lot, Take Evidence
At around 5 pm Friday, dispatcher received notification that a man had climbed over the barbed-wire fence that surrounded the car lot housing Bowman’s damaged vehicle. The man was later identified as Bowman’s father, Dwayne Eddie Bowman Sr., 52.
The man began throwing items from his son’s vehicle over the fence to Teresa Lynn Stevens, 55, mother of the deceased, and Jesse James Stevens, 34, brother of the deceased.
Among the items taken from the vehicle were suspected marijuana and $81 cash. All three have since been charged with felony entering without breaking. The items were listed as evidence in complaints from the Cabell County Magistrate Court.