Moonshiner killed in fiery crash

October 31, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

INWOOD, W.Va. - A man was killed and about 200 gallons of moonshine went up in flames early Thursday when a pickup truck crashed on Interstate 81.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department report, the man killed in the 3:43 a.m. crash is believed to be from Furman, Va., a small town near Roanoke, Va.

Sgt. K.C. Bohrer said police have a tentative identification of the victim, but confirmation will have to be made through dental records because the body was so badly burned.


The man was driving north near mile marker 3 when his Ford Ranger pickup ran off the roadway and through the grass for several hundred feet before hitting a tree and bursting into flames, the report said.

When Bohrer and Cpl. Paul Copenhaver arrived at the scene, a large fire was raging, the police report said. Firefighters from the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. put out the blaze.

When the fire was put out, a badly burned body was discovered on the ground outside the vehicle on the driver's side. The deputies also found about 200 gallons of what they believed to be moonshine in the bed of the truck and scattered about the scene, according to the report.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been contacted to assist with the investigation, according to the report.

Staff Writer Richard F. Belisle contributed to this story.

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