Two jailed overnight in Ritter Park OD crash
HUNTINGTON — Two individuals accused of overdosing while in a vehicle that crashed into the playground area of a crowded Ritter Park Monday have been arrested on misdemeanor charges, according to booking records kept at Western Regional Jail.
Tabitha Wyrick, 34, and Bradley Stephen Wyrick, 33, were both taken into custody and booked at Western Regional Jail at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Tabitha Wyrick is charged with assault, driving under the influence and reckless driving. Her bond was set at $15,000. Bradley Wyrick was charged with permitting DUI and possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000.
The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Monday when the vehicle Tabitha Wyrick was driving went out of the parking area and into a grassy area near the playground before narrowly missing the playground sand pit as it slammed into a light pole.
Tabitha Wyrick allegedly told police she was just attempting to park, but first-responders were suspicious of that as both suspects had to be revived with naloxone and were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. Bradley Wyrick was bleeding heavily from his head at the time of the crash.
Officers found heroin under Bradley Wyrick’s seat weighing about half a gram with its packaging. Tabitha Wyrick later told police she obtained the heroin with her husband and used it at the park prior to the crash. She told police she had snorted it utilizing a $5 bill.
The park was full of parents and children at the time of the crash, and parents were in tears and visibly angry as police searched the vehicle for drugs and drug paraphernalia while the two defendants received medical attention.
Kevin Brady, executive director of the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District, has called the incident heartbreaking. He added if the crash had occurred just 45 minutes earlier, a line of children waiting for a free snow cone would have been in harm’s way. Criminal Complaints state an active puppeteer show was being conducted at the time of the crash.
The Community Behavioral Health Clinic on the campus of Marshall University will be available to children and families who witnessed the crash.
The clinic is located in the basement of Gullickson Hall (room GO1). Individuals can schedule an appointment by calling 304-696-3751 or by using walk-in hours, which are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
The service is a partnership between Marshall University and the Huntington Police Department.