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Head-On Crash Claims Two NM Residents

By Staff | Nov 26, 2008

A head on collision near the Columbian Chemical Plant on W.Va. 2 in the Fish Creek section of Marshall County claimed the lives of two New Martinsville residents Tuesday.

Patricia Bonyak, 70, and Robert Lewis Gatian, 32, were fatally injured when Gatian’s vehicle, which was travelling south, reportedly went left of center and hit Bonyak’s vehicle head on.

Authorities are still investigating the accident. The crash may have been weather-related.

W.Va. 2 was shut down in both directions for nearly three hours due to the accident.

Bonyak was well-known in the community, primarily as a diabetes educator.

“She’s been a longtime friend and longtime employee and we’ll miss her,” said George Couch, CEO of Wetzel County Hospital. “She was a valued employee. She did a lot for Wetzel County Hospital, all of our employees, and our patients.”

Because of this loss, the classes Bonyak was teaching at WCH will be cancelled until further notice. Anyone with questions can contact Yvonne Grimes at 455-8114.