KINGWOOD, W.Va. – UPDATE (5/21/19 5:00 p.m.):

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources released new information after a kayaker was killed when a tree fell into the Cheat River.

On May 19, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police Officers responded to a boating incident on the Cheat River, near Seven Islands in Preston County, involving three men, according to Andy Malinoski, with the Office of Marketing & Communications in the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

One man, identified as David Treadaway, of Dundalk, Maryland, died in the incident, and two others were injured.  The three men were on a float trip in kayaks going from Parsons to Macomber, and a storm was in the area, according to Malinoski.  After the men sought shelter from the storm, a tree fell on two of the kayakers, resulting in severe injuries, Malinoski said.

The other injured man suffered a broken arm, a broken clavicle and a back injury from being hit by the tree.

The family of the deceased kayaker has been notified, according to Malinoski.


An accident on the Cheat River near the Seven Islands area has left one person dead and two others with injuries, according to Preston County Emergency Services.

Three people were kayaking on the Cheat River when a tree fell and landed on them, according to officials. Officials also said one person was transported by medical helicopter.

As of right now, names and statuses of those involved in the accident are not being released, and the Natural Resources Police is investigating the incident, according to officials.