UPDATE: Husband charged in motorcycle crash that killed his wife

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 11/01/19 5:10 P.M.

A Parkersburg man whose wife died after their motorcycle crashed on Division Street in October has been charged in her death, police said on
Friday.

Jason A. Barone, 36, turned himself into Parkersburg Police on Thursday and was charged with driving under the influence causing death.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin said tests showed that Barone had alcohol, Benzodiazepine and cannabinoids in his blood system at the time of the crash.

His wife, Melissa Barone, 37, was thrown off the motorcycle and died in the Oct. 11 crash near Division Street and 9th Avenue in south Parkersburg.

Jason Barone posted a $30,000 bond on Friday and was released after being arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court.

According to a criminal complaint, he was driving south when a truck turned onto Division Street from 9th Avenue. That's when he lost control and his wife was thrown off the motorcycle. Police previously said excessive speed was a factor in the crash.

The truck driver has not been charged.


Charges are possible against a motorcycle rider whose wife died after a crash on Oct. 11 in Parkersburg, police said.

The crash that killed Melissa Barone, 37, of Parkersburg, happened about 10:30 p.m. near Division Street and 9th Avenue in south Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin said alcohol appears to have been a factor and that her husband, Jason Barone, could face charges related to the crash.

Martin said Jason Barone was driving south on Division Street at a high rate of speed when a delivery truck pulled out from 9th Avenue to turn left and go north on Division Street.

Martin said Barone swerved to miss the truck and lost control, causing his wife to be thrown off the motorcycle and hit her head on the pavement. She died at the scene.

Jason Barone was treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Hospital and later released.

Martin said the truck driver has not been cited and is co-operating with police in the investigation.

Police said no other vehicles were involved in the crash, which remains under investigation.



 
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