By COURTNEY HESSLER
For Wayne County News
WAYNE - The Wayne County Sheriff's Department alleges a Wayne, West Virginia, man crashed into a convoy of off-road vehicles along W.Va. 152 in May before fleeing the scene, leaving a man to die.
Ance Matthew "Butters" Marcum, 33, is currently charged with negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident with death after striking Jessie Dingess, 63, of Genoa. Dingess, a retired coal miner and member of New Beginnings Church in Fort Gay, was killed May 26 in the hit-and-run crash on W.Va. 152.
Marcum was arrested June 4 near Fallsburg, Kentucky, where he was found hiding in a closet by the U.S. Marshals Cuffed Task Force, and extradited back to West Virginia on June 7.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Wayne County Magistrate Court, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department responded to a hit-and-run crash near Railroad Road in Genoa.
The victim's daughter, who was covered in blood, told deputies she and others were riding side-by-sides and ATVs and were about to turn left onto Radnor Hollow Road in Radnor, West Virginia. She said she had seen her father's vehicle had signaled it was turning left when she saw an older model Ford Mustang go around the vehicles and strike her father's vehicle, which caused it to spin around and flip on top of him.
Wayne County 911 dispatchers told deputies the suspect vehicle had fled northbound on W.Va 152. It was later located by the Dunlow Fire Department Chief, allegedly hidden in front of the Genoa Elementary School behind a school bus. Video footage from the school after the wreck allegedly shows a male and female leaving the vehicle at the location.
An eyewitness of the wreck identified the vehicle, a black and green 1992 Ford Mustang, as being the same one that caused the crash. Car debris taken from the scene of the crash - a Mustang hubcap, passenger side mirror and parts of headlights - were also consistent with damage found on the vehicle located at the school, according to the criminal complaint.
The vehicle registration came back to a family member of Marcum, who later said he must have stolen her license plates. Several people at the home and family members of Marcum confirmed the vehicle was his, although the registration did not match him.
When arriving at the house where it had been registered, a man said Marcum had been dropped off at the home earlier that day and told him he had hit a four-wheeler with his vehicle. The man said he told Marcum to turn himself in, but Marcum told him he had not stopped because he "didn't hurt anyone."
Another woman at the home said Marcum had requested a ride from her boyfriend and when she asked where his vehicle was he laughed and said the car had been stolen, according to the complaint.
Marcum is currently housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.