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Woman uses cell phone to have trucker stopped

July 22, 1997

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill woman used her cellular phone Sunday to help West Virginia State Police stop a truck driver who had inadvertently forced her off the road.

Robin Kesecker, 30, was unhurt in the 11:53 a.m. accident between Exits 3 and 5 in the north lanes of Interstate 81.

She was attempting to pass the truck when it suddenly changed lanes to go around a slower car in the right lane and struck her Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Kesecker's pickup was forced into the median, but the tractor-trailer did not stop. She called the state police, and Sgt. Rob Blair pulled the truck over near Exit 13 outside Martinsburg.

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The driver, Judith Jones, 48, of Tennessee, and her husband David, 45, were unaware there had been a collision. Blair said damage to the rig's trailer was consistent with that on Kesecker's truck.

Judith Jones was charged with failing to yield the right of way to an overtaking vehicle.

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