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Police: Driver killed in fiery crash in Charleston was 13-year-old boy

Charleston police say the driver killed in a fiery crash on Woodward Drive Wednesday night was Jeremy Bush, 13. (WCHS/WVAH)

Charleston police said the driver killed in a crash in which a van struck a retaining wall and burst into flames was a 13-year-old boy who took the vehicle from a ResCare facility.

Jeremy Bush died of injuries sustained in the wreck that occurred about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on Woodward Drive and the intersection of Blackwell Drive, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

Police said an investigation determined that Bush was in the custody of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and a resident of the ResCare facility at 1033 Woodward Drive. Bush left the facility with the keys to a 2015 Dodge Caravan, leased by the DHHR, and drove southbound on Woodward Drive before crashing into a stone retaining wall near 849 Woodward Drive, police said.

"It was unbelievable, I've seen a lot of car accidents, car wrecks in my lifetime but I've never seen nothing like this," said Stuart Hite who lives in the home where Bush crashed into the concrete wall.

A spokeswoman for DHHR said the agency would be conducting an investigation into the matter and could not comment further due to privacy issues.

No other injuries were reported in the wreck. When firefighters and police arrived, they found Bush dead inside the vehicle.

Charleston police are continuing an investigation into the crash.


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