(09/23/2006)
By Drew Moody
drew@wvmountainsun.com

Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston, West Virginia, is attending to the funeral arrangements of Zelda Marie Golden of Glenville.

All services will be held Monday, September 25. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Floyd Funeral Home in Weston. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the Rock Grove Cemetery following the conclusion of services in Weston.

The cemetery is located near the Rock Grove Church, approximately 15 miles west of Weston on U.S. 33&119.

Traveling east on U.S. 33&119 from the Glenville area, the Rock Grove Church is approximately 1 mile east of Linn, West Virginia.

A complete obituary will be published when available.

GLENVILLE - A spokesman at Morgantown's Ruby Memorial Hospital confirmed Friday that Zelda Golden has died as a result of a severe head trauma she sustained in an ATV crash near Stouts Mills last weekend.

Golden apparently became distracted and accidently struck the rear of her husband's 4-Wheeler. Neither were wearing helmets, according to police.

She lay unconscious in critical condition for several days, and is believed to have not regained consciousness prior to her death. Hospital officials did not provide a time of death, but reports suggest she expired between early afternoon Thursday and midnight.

The Mountain Sun has received no word of funeral arrangements as yet.

The impact of the low-speed accident threw Mrs. Golden about 14 feet Her head struck the pavement on Sliding Road.

The crash occurred last Saturday (Sept. 16) around 10:30 a.m., not long after the charity ride began. Over 250 riders participated in the event which was raising money for an area food pantry.

Police at the scene said it was obvious Mrs. Golden had suffered a very serious injury. Her husband, Ronnie, suffered significant injuries as well, damaging vertebrae in his back.

He was released from the hospital earlier this week wearing a waist to neck brace, according to friends of the family. His expected recovery from those injuries could be a long as three months.

Three West Virginians have died as a result of ATV accidents in the past 12 days.

A 17-year-old Kanawha County youth died September 10. Authorities said speed was a factor in that crash. Thomas Lee Perez, 38, of Fayette County died hours after Mrs. Golden's accident after losing control of his ATV and running over an embankment.

Zelda Golden is state's 48th ATV death so far this year. West Virginia leads the nation in 4-Wheeler fatalities. The death toll is far outpacing last year's record number of 40 fatalities.

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