Driver may have been wrongly identified in wreck

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BUCKHANNON — Police say they may have named the wrong man as the driver involved in a wreck with an ambulance 11 days ago.

The Buckhannon Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident after new information came to light, according to chief Matt Gregory.

“We got some information late last week that it may be another person, so the officer is actively investigating whether or not that is the case,” Gregory said.

On Saturday, March 18, a Chevy Impala stopped at the crossover at Route 33 to cross onto WBUC Road and then failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the path of an Upshur County EMS ambulance, which was traveling eastbound on Route 33.

A man who claimed to be a passenger — Mark Hamrick, 26, of Weston — told investigating officer Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor that the driver of the Impala fled the scene. He identified the driver as Kyran Brice Larsen, 23, of Weston, according to the report from the Buckhannon Police Department.

“That is what we believed to be the case when the accident report was completed,” Gregory said.

However, Larsen has come forward and offered evidence that it was not him in the vehicle, according to Gregory.

O’Connor is now following up on a couple of new leads to try to confirm the actual identity of the driver.

The wreck sent Hamrick and both EMS personnel — driver Ray Rosencrance, 61, and Sarah Abbott, 45 — to St. Joseph’s Hospital to be checked out for possible injuries.

Larsen’s grandmother, Lee Walker, said her grandson was not involved in the wreck.

“I have no idea how my grandson, Kyran Larsen, became implicated and accused of a hit-and-run in Upshur County,” Walker said in a statement to The Record Delta. “He lives with me in Weston ... and was questioned by police in Buckhannon, where he gave a statement.

“He just started a new job and was devastated by this accusation, especially when it appeared in The Record Delta.”

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