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Sistersville Woman Dies in Crash

By Staff | Jan 6, 2016

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a traffic fatality Monday near Sistersville.

The sheriff’s department said vehicles driven by Nancy Lyle Dabbs of Friendly and Thomas Michael Nicholson II of French Creek collided at around 2 p.m. about a mile and half south of Sistersville. The sheriff’s department said Dabbs was pronounced dead at the scene. Nicholson was evaluated at the scene and released.

The sheriff’s department said weather conditions were a factor in the collision when Dabbs’ Chevrolet Cobalt crossed the center line and traveled into the northbound lane before colliding with Nicholson’s Mack Truck, which was owned by Deep Well Energy, LLC.

During the Tyler County Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Superintendent Robin Daquilante praised Dabbs’ work as a foster grandparent who volunteered her time at Sistersville Elementary School for several years. Foster grandparents assist children with activities at school such as reading and more.

Daquilante said when she was SES principal, she worked with Dabbs. She described as a “great, great lady.”

“I had the pleasure to work with her,” she said. “She was an asset to the school. She was very kind with the students and the staff alike. We will certainly miss her in Tyler County.”

Daquilante said counseling was available Tuesday for SES students.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Tyler County Medical Examiner and Tyler County’s Division of Highways’ office. Sistersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department was assisted by St. Marys Volunteer Fire Department while Paden City Volunteer Fire Company assisted with traffic control nearby the accident scene.