Putnam County teen dies from injuries sustained in crash

Putnam County deputies say William Joseph Smith of Poca died Thursday from injuries he sustained Saturday in a crash on Poca River Road. (MGN Online)

A 17-year-old Putnam County teen has died from his injuries sustained in a crash.

William Joseph Smith of Poca died about 5:30 a.m. Thursday at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital, according to a news release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Smith was traveling southbound on Poca River Road South about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off of the left side of the roadway.

The vehicle then hit an embankment, causing it to go airborne and strike a tree with the cab of the truck. Smith was entrapped in the vehicle due to heavy damage from the impact. He was removed with emergency equipment from the vehicle by Putnam County EMS and fire services and flown to CAMC General.

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