By Bob Weaver

A 40-year-old Newton, Roane County woman was killed by a drunken driver on State Route 36 south of Spencer Saturday evening. Dead is Mona Walker, a passenger in a car driven by Joseph Foraker, 19, of Lancaster, Ohio. Foraker will be charged with the fatality, according to Senior Trooper G. K. Walsh of the State Police.

Foraker's 1988 Olds collided with a 1999 Chevy truck driven by 19-year-old Priscilla Fox of Spencer on Clover Ridge, one mile south of the Clover-Roane Fire Station. Fox was taken by the Roane County Emergency Squad to Roane General, after which she was transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center. She has undergone surgery and was listed in stable condition.

Mona Walker died shortly after she was thrown from the Foraker vehicle, which caught fire. Foraker was entrapped in the vehicle as members of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze and extracted him.

Foraker was life-flighted by HealthNet to Charleston Area Medical Center after receiving emergency treatment by the Roane County Emergency Squad. He was listed in stable condition in ICU.

Spencer State Police say warrants will be obtained against Foraker for DUI causing death, DUI causing serious injury, DUI third offense and driving on a suspended license revoked for DUI, second offense, according to Trooper G. K. Walsh of the Spencer detachment.

Trooper Walsh, the investigating officer, said the Fox vehicle was traveling north in the northbound lane on Route 36. Foraker was "traveling south in the northbound lane," according to the trooper

Deputy Brad Anderson of the Roane County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation. Roane EMS and the Clover VFD responded to the accident scene.

This is the third highway fatality in Calhoun and Roane County since March 17.

The Grantsville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police has declined to provide public information to The Hur Herald regarding the status of Calhoun's two fatalities on March 17 and March 24.

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