Updated: New Info Released In Accident That Killed Belmont Woman

By: Beth Lanning Email
By: Beth Lanning Email

Updated: 3:37pm

The investigation continues into a Monday night accident that left one Belmont woman dead and sent two others to the hospital.

The accident occurred on Route 2 about a mile north of Belmont around 11:00pm.

According to Pleasants Co. Sheriff Ted Maston a vehicle driven by 55-year-old Irene McVay of Belmont was heading towards St. Marys, went left of center and struck a vehicle driven by Naomi Lattea.

74-year-old Lattea, also of Belmont, died in the accident.

Her husband, 77-year-old Robert Lattea is recovering at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and is listed in good condition.

And McVay is recovering in a Charleston hospital.

Her condition is not known at this time.


Updated: 11:45am

Wood County Coroner Mike St. Clair says 74 year old Naomi Lattea of Belmont died in Monday night's accident in Pleasants County.


A woman is dead and two others are injured after a two vehicle accident in Pleasants County.

It happened around 11 p.m. Monday on Route 2 between Belmont and St. Marys.

Pleasants County Sheriff's Sergeant Pete Templeton says the driver of a white car was traveling north and went left of center.

Sergeant Templeton says the driver of the white car then hit a silver car traveling south head on.

Authorities say both drivers had to be cut out of their cars.

Officials say the woman driving the silver car died in the accident.

Her husband and the other driver were taken to local hospitals.

Their conditions are unknown at this time.

We'll bring you the latest details as they become available.

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  • by Grandchild of Mrs. Lattea Location: belmont on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    I realize that this comment is late but i feel you all should know something. Whoever B is should know that God is the only thing getting us through this time and i don't feel that anything is turning into a church sermon. Obviously you don't know what a real church sermon is. I agree that the finger pointing needs to stop. I don't know why the accident happened but i believe that there is a reason. It was all in GOD'S timing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. McVay and her family. Thank you everyone for your prayers.
  • by Friend of Irene Location: Murraysville on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    I am a friend of Irene McVay, the driver of the white car. I don't know why this accident happened, but I know she would never harm anyone. She is a kind, caring, christian woman. She is in serious condition herself, with several broken bones, and broken jaw. She had to have surgery yesterday. She was driving to St. Mary's to help my brother. She was trying to do a good deed for someone. If an object or animal came towards her car, it would only be natural instinct to turn your wheel to avoid hitting it, as any one of us would do the same. She and her family need our kindess and understanding at this time. My sympathies go out to the family of Mrs. Lattea, and my prayers go out to both families.
  • by B Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    When did this turn into a church sermon?!? God this and god that. Ugh. Anyway, I find it interesting that swerving to hit an animal or maybe a medical condition or even if they did fall asleep is considered careless. Careless is when you deliberately do something and don't care. Lack of care, hense the term careless. Say, there was an animal in the road and the driver swerved to miss it. So, that makes her a horrible human being?? No. I'd like to see you the same situation. Its easy to sit back and say how "wrong" something is when its not you that is in the driver's seat. I imagine when faced with the same situation you'd be quick to react too and guess what? You'd probably swerve also. Nowhere did I read about alcohol or drugs being involved. This is just a horrible accident.
  • by Sue Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Another white car. Thank you so very much for your note. I am a Christian and I have been on my knees praying with you. If you had read what I wrote you would not be calling me a sick individual. I did not say it was carelessness, but possible, not knowing the details. You have one finger pointing at me right now. Tell me where the other three fingers are pointing. I do thank White car family for her note to me. She obviously read what I wrote and did not read between the lines as you did. I do have them all in my prayers.
  • by Another white car family member Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    I will say that I am shocked by some of the comments on here. Sue.... Free Speech is certainly a right; however, everything always has to be shed in the most negative manner. Irene is a very devoted mother, grandmother,church going, God fearing Christian women... Yes, Sue you still have just as much right in America to be a Christian as you do to speak freely (which probably bothers you). Perhaps instead of rushing to judgement and being so fast to say that it was carelessness that caused the accident, you should wait until all of the facts are in prior to reaching your conclusion. You mention that we should be on our knees praying for strength and we certainly are but if you were much of a person (which I am really doubting at this point)you would be in constant prayer with us. Thanks to everyone on this post whochose not to bash Irene prior to knowing the facts. Sad.... There is not much to even say about your post. You really must be a sick individual.
  • by White car family member Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Sue this comments wasnt direct to you.They was directed toward Sad. Sorry but all we now right now is what the news has released I was upset over the comments that the person calling them shelves SAD said.What was posted was uncalled for when their was a life lost and possible another.
  • by Sue Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    To White car family: If you will go back and read my comment you will see that I did state I was sorry for another loss and my prayers were with the family. Perhaps you should make the facts of the accident known, since the media didn't, and then we would understand the circumstances of the situation and out comments would not be on here. The last I remember is that this is America and I was under the assumption that freedom of speech was not taken away from us yet. And freedon of speech is not what is wrong with this Country. And I was not the coward that drove off that night, and the other's that made comments probably weren't either. We aren't supposed to comment, but you have the right to express your freedom of speech and tell us to keep our mouth shut. Were you in the car that night? If not you don't know the details either. If I had lost a family member I would not have the time to be sitting on the computer reading comments, I would be on my knees praying for strength.
  • by Barbara Location: Wheeling on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    Naomi as a wife,mother,grandmother,aunt, and beloved friend will be greatly missed by family and friends.But I know in my heart she is now living in the house of the Lord hugging and kissing all of our loved ones, which gives me comfort.This was an accident and it cannot be undone, it happened and families are grieving. A vehicle went left of center, what caused it won't undo the fatal results. There are two people injured that need healing prayers. While it is easy to be angry,and point fingers, it can be hard to forgive. This was a tragedy, one the family won't soon forget,but our faith will get us through our great loss it always has. I pray for the healing of Bob, the children and grandchildren may God give them comfort. I pray for Irene and her family that they may have God in their life to help them in their healing. My God place it upon the heart of the person(s) that left the scene to come forward and thank you to the family who did stay to help, God Bless you.
  • by White car family member Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    I have read all the comment that is being sad some are so unbeleivable. This is why the world is the way it is today.People out there seem not to have a heart. They dont care about anything but them own opinion(SAD)If the truth was known your probably the coward that drove away from the scene and didnt stop.If thats all the respect that you have then maybe you need to keep your mouth shut.There is two families that are greiving and that is all that you can say. SO SOME RESPECT FOR THE FAMILIES.YOU ARE THE FREAKING JOKE.
  • by Chris Location: Belmont on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    God Bless the Family and friends of all involved and thank you to those who stopped to help. It happends all too often that people do not want to get involved but there are Good Samaritan laws protecting people from liability who choose to help others who are injured.
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