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14-year-old one of two victims in fatal car crash

Nov. 19, 2011 @ 11:19 PM

POINT PLESANT, W.Va.  — One of the two victims of a fatal head-on collision that occurred  along Ohio River Road (W.Va. 2) just outside of Guyandotte Friday evening was a 14-year-old girl from Mason County.

Andrea Lynn Nicole Bailes, an eighth-grade student at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, was one of two people who died in the crash. Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas declined to confirm the report Saturday, though an obituary received by The Herald-Dispatch identified Bailes as one of the two victims.

Bailes was a passenger in a silver sedan that was involved in the crash with a pick-up truck just after 9 p.m. in front of the Southern WV Asphalt plant in the 4000 block of Ohio River Road. Reports state Bailes was in the vehicle with another young girl and an adult, both also from Mason County.  

The other occupants of the vehicle were seriously injured in the crash, and were transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital.  

The crash also claimed the life of the driver of the pick-up truck, whose name has not been released.

The Point Pleasant Community came together to remember Bailes Saturday evening with a candlelight vigil at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park.
Bailes was an avid gymnast, winning multiple Ohio state championships on uneven bars, and she was involved in her school’s soccer and volleyball teams. She was described  as a “great kid” by Adrieanne Roettker, owner of the Southern Ohio Gymnastics Academy in Gallipolis, Ohio.

“The whole gym is just in shock,” Roettker said. “She was with us for four happy years. You couldn’t ask for a better teammate, leader and encourager.”

Matt Brinker was Bailes’ coach at the gym. In his personal blog, he talked about Bailes’ journey from her first gymnastics lesson to her most recent competitions.

“She was so aggressive, and she did everything I asked her to do. She won lots of meets on vault and bars. She took her awards with a smile, knowing that she had done everything she could to help her teammates,” Brinker said. “She blessed our lives with her smile, wit, work ethic and stubborn determination to be the best she could be. I never want to let Andrea Bailes and her attitude die in my heart and mind.”

Andrea Bailes’ funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant. Burial will follow at the Wyoma Cemetery in Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va. Visitation will be two hour prior to the service at the funeral home.