WAYNE — The driver in a motorcycle crash that caused a 17-year-old Wayne High School student life-altering injuries is facing up to one year in prison after toxicology results confirmed he was under the influence at the time of the wreck, according to West Virginia State Police.
Conner Smith, 23, is charged with felony driving under the influence causing bodily harm among various misdemeanor charges after the blood toxicology results were received this week from West Virginia State Police labs.
West Virginia code states that a person who operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a prohibited alcohol or drug content and his conduct proximately causes bodily injury to another person shall be imprisoned for no less than one day and no more than one year and face a fine of no less than $200 and no more than $1,000.
Allison Gilkerson was severely injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.
According to Wayne Police Chief Gary Queen, Wayne police responded to a call that a motorcycle was on fire on U.S. 152 just past the location of former Maynard’s Towing Services in the curve just above Clark’s Pump-N-Shop at 9:36 p.m. Aug. 23.
Police believe Smith and Gilkerson were traveling southbound when Smith lost control of the motorcycle, sending Gilkerson over an embankment and ejecting himself onto the center of U.S. 152.
Both Smith and Gilkerson were taken by HealthNet to a local hospital the night of the crash.
Queen said at the time that further investigation would reveal if alcohol and speed contributed.
Another motorcyclist in the group was arrested on a charge of DUI at the scene.
Gilkerson, a member of the Red Regime Marching Band at WHS, had left practice an hour and a half prior to the crash and was set to begin her senior year the following morning.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police also responded to the scene.
The Facebook page “AllieStrong” has been dedicated to updates on Gilkerson’s condition and information on how to share well wishes and love as she remains hospitalized.