By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Charles Town
INWOOD, W.Va. - Both Amanda Marie Smailes and her sister Pamela had been working at the Wal-Mart store in Martinsburg Sunday. But they took separate cars home.
Pamela Smailes took Interstate 81 to get home, but Amanda decided to take U.S. 11.
Amanda Smailes was only minutes away from her Inwood home when her car was struck by another vehicle that was being chased by police. Smailes was pronounced dead at City Hospital near Martinsburg after her car was shoved off the road and into a utility pole, police said.
Friends and family members of the 21-year-old woman described her as an energetic, studious person.
She dreamed of devoting her life to caring for the elderly after she graduated from Shepherd College's nursing program.
"I don't know if you're going to find more of a model kid," said her father, John Smailes.
When Smailes was a student at Musselman High School, she lettered in track, was a member of the band and flag corps, and was president of the school's Bible club.