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Victim in deadly Clay crash recalls the experience from hospital bed

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Carter Morton during an interview about the night Kara Conley died in a crash in Clay County, WV Carter Morton during an interview about the night Kara Conley died in a crash in Clay County, WV

"I'll always have that image of her being under that truck the rest of my life."

Carter Morton is just 19-years-old.  He just graduated from Clay High School, and was supposed to leave for the Army this week.  

Morton said the night began after he asked one of his good friends if she wanted to come along for the ride.

"I asked Kara if she wanted to go.  I'm the one who went to go pick up.  I brought her with me," he said.  

17-year-old Kara Conley, Morton, and 9 other friends ranging in age from 14 to 22 piled up in Morton's truck to explore the backwoods of Clay County.

Around 3:30 a.m., Morton said he looked over and noticed that Isaac Murphey, who was driving the truck, had fallen asleep behind the wheel.


"I tried to grab the wheel and couldn't grab it in time.  We hit the guard rail and we started rolling.  I'm pretty sure we rolled at least three or four times," Morton said.  

Morton said he was letting Murphey drive his truck because they were considering trading vehicles.  When the truck came to a stop, everyone seemed to be accounted for, except for Kara.

Morton said,  "I went down and saw that she was under the truck.  So I went down, all of us were trying to get her out, we were all trying to pick up on the truck.  I was trying to get her to talk to me, and she never responded."

Kara was pinned under the truck.  

She didn't make it.  Now, the ten survivors of the crash are recovering.  Morton says his physical wounds are healing, but the guilt he's feeling won't go away.


"She shouldn't have been in the back of the truck," Morton said.  "I should have made her get in the front, at least tried.  But I didn't and now I feel like it's my fault.  I kind of wish I could trade her, because she didn't deserve to die."

Morton said he's processing this tragedy the best he can.

"It made me realize that life is extremely short and things can happen just like that.  I didn't realize that until now.  Fifteen minutes before that, I was talking to her, we were laughing, and now she's gone."

Morton said he should be released from the hospital on Thursday.