By all accounts, Tennile Annette Davis was a dedicated Kanawha County paramedic, and the 30-year old woman lost her life preparing to teach life-saving skills to Boone County EMTs.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday morning crash which led to Davis’ death, and severe injuries to a second.
The crash took place around 9:30 a.m., on Saturday on West Virginia Rt. 3, at Racine, about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 94, near the Boone County Ambulance Authority offices.
Sheriff Rodney Miller said Davis was the only person in a Dodge extended cab pickup truck traveling east on WV 3 when a Ford Expedition traveling west crossed the center line and collided head on with her. The driver of the SUV was 27-year old Deborah Baber, of Sylvester. In the vehicle with Baber were her two children, ages eight and one.
Baber’s children were transported from the scene by ambulance to CAMC General Division, while both Baber and Davis were both airlifted from the scene by a pair of Healthnet medical helicopters to the same hospital. Both women, as well as the children were trapped in the vehicles and had to be cut from them by first responders from the Racine and Danville Volunteer Fire Departments.
Davis died early Sunday morning at CAMC General Division after surgery. At press time, Baber was in critical condition. A press release from the sheriff’s department said her children were treated and released.
“At this time, we believe that drugs and speed were a contributing factor in the accident,” the sheriff said. Miller added that the investigation is ongoing.
On Sunday morning, Boone County deputies Cody Douglas and Jamie Barker had returned to the scene of the accident with an accident reconstruction team from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department to better determine what events led up to the fatal crash.
Davis, who leaves a husband Gary, also a paramedic, and two young children, was a veteran of the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority, and had been employed by them since 1999. She was one of the few critical care transport paramedics in Southern West Virginia.
At the time of the accident, Davis was on her way to the offices of the Boone County Ambulance Authority in Racine to teach an Emergency Medical Technician class. Tennille Davis was reportedly also an organ and tissue donor.
Sheriff Miller noted that Deborah Baber may be charged with DUI causing death at some future point.