Times Staff Report
June 25, 2013
PAINTSVILLE - There will be no trial in the deaths of Johnson and Martin County men killed in a 2012 car accident near Williamson, W.Va.
On the early morning of November 16, 2012, Donald Hill left his third-shift job site near Williamson, West Virginia, and started his journey home to Staffordsville. Reportedly, Mr. Hill had become ill at work and left earlier than usual.
At about the same time that Mr. Hill left his job site, Randy Goble left his home just south of Inez and traveled toward his work site for Merr Equipment Company near Williamson.
While Mr. Goble was traveling on US 52 just east of Kermit and while Mr. Hill was traveling in the opposite direction, something apparently happened to Mr. Hill, something that caused his vehicle to come across the center line and crash head-on with Mr. Goble. The impact was so violent that both persons died at the scene. The crash occurred at a point where a guard rail appeared to have prevented Mr. Goble from swerving away from the on-coming vehicle.
“This is one of the most tragic accidents I have ever seen,” John Kirk said, “two very good, hard working, men dead as they traveled from and to work. It appears that something happened to Mr. Hill, a heart attack maybe that caused him to come into Mr. Goble’s path.”
Mr. Goble’s estate, represented by his children and their attorneys at Kirk Law Firm, Phillip Blair and Kyle Salyer, were able to settle the legal damages aspect of Mr. Goble’s death in proceedings before the Mingo Circuit Court.
“I am very happy and grateful for that,” Kirk said, “because it would have been an additional nightmare for the families to relive the graphic details of a trial.”
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed by either party. “That is a normal thing,” Kirk said, “to keep those matters confidential and private.”