Alcohol Involved in Fatal Accident

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A fatality, a serious injury and a DUI charge are the results of an accident in Parkersburg Monday night.

Police say incidents where alcohol and death are involved are some of the toughest to respond to.

"It's a shame that we have to have eye openers such as this," Parkersburg Police Chief Gerald Board said.

The driver, 19-year-old Christopher Browning, has been charged with one count of DUI causing death. And that death, was one of his passengers, 19-year-old Nathanial Day. Police say his other passenger, 20-year-old Charles Jackson, was seriously injured.

"It's the unthinkable. The family member left the house and everything was fine, and then a few hours later you have to deliver a message such as this, and it's just terrible," Chief Board said.

A terrible way to learn that drinking and driving really can have consequences. And Chief Board says it all goes back to the old saying you've heard for years.

"Just plain and simple, do not drink and drive. It just does not mix. I know everybody feels like 'oh well, I can have a drink or two and it's not gonna affect me.' well it's crazy, it will affect you, you just don't realize it," Chief Board said.

Christopher Browning, the driver in the accident, is currently free on a $20,000 bond.


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  • by Erica Location: Parkersburg on Jun 26, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    I Have read all of these comments and I’ am appalled by some of these anonymous comments this is ridiculous pointing fingers, this was a huge tragic accident that has effected 3 family, and many friends let the law do what it was designed to do Chris will serve his time in jail and will have to deal with taking the life of his friend Nathaniel Day and injuring Charles. Spending the rest of his life in jail will NOT bring Nathaniel back. I was privileged to get the opportunity to get to know Nathaniel Day we had a mutual friend that brought him to my house about 3 years ago he truly was a great person I enjoyed getting to know and hang out with him. My hart goes out to Nathaniel family for there loss.
  • by joanne dye on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    this is the second time this year our family has had to deal with drinking and driving luie smarr was our cousin and now we may lose c.j. to the same fate before you drink and drive remember this choice effects everyone in your life my family suffered enough when we lost luie now we could lose another member within 3 months please just don't do it get a d.d. before you go out have fun and enjoy yourself but remember drinking and driving donot mix much love c.j aunt jojo
  • by anonymous Location: vienna on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    the saying point a finger 3 point back. noones pointing fingers! were stateing facts 1 maybe 2 boys have lost there life due to this young man makeing the wrong choice and you guys think that he should get off cause he has to live with it for the rest of his life? well what about the familys of the other to? the driver is still alive one isnt and the other one may not make it. how it that right? put ur self in the shoes of the boys who got hurt and lost someone and then tell me how would you feel about the person who cause it! wouldnt u want justic brought so ur love one could finally rest in peace?the driver may have to live with it for ever but atleast he still has a life nathaniel had a family young kids that now their never gonna get to no their dad. he lost his life he got punished for his actions now its time to punish browning for his. killing some one in any way isnt right and should not be okay. if u cant handle the out come DONT do it.cant tell me he didnt no right from wrong
  • by family. Location: Parkersburg on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    The funeral for Nathaniel is tomorrow and we still don't have the money to lay him to rest. If anyone can help in anyway it would be greatly appreciated.
  • by kevin on Jun 25, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    chris Brownings insurance should be paying for the funeral. WTAP needs to block these anonymous postings.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2009 at 01:18 AM
    Nathaniel Day family is asking for help to lay him to rest we need to get 4.000 dollers to lay him to rest so if you can please help the family out
  • by moto Location: Vienna on Jun 24, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Yes "bo" was A Nickname for Nathanial
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    There were not 2 cars racing down garfield ave. just the green beretta, that almost crashed into me as well as 2 other vehicles just to clear that nonsense up for your private investigator.
  • by unknown Location: p-burg on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    was this nate also called "Bo" by some of his family????
  • by not-drunk Location: pburg on Jun 24, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    One thing isn't a lie, they were underaged and drinking. 90% of the deaths around here could be prevented if people would just be careful. is it time to legalize booze again?
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