Va. boy identified as crash victim

November 26, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A boy killed Tuesday morning when the stolen car he was driving crashed into a tow truck has been identified as Darnell Jerome Hayes of Winchester, Va.

West Virginia State Police on Wednesday were still not releasing the name of Hayes, but a partial obituary for him appeared in the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Va.

The obituary said Hayes, of 348 Woodstock Lane, died early Tuesday morning in Martinsburg.

State police had said the youth killed in the crash was from Woodstock, Va., but Sgt. J.A. Humphrey said Wednesday that the street name was inadvertently given as the town in which he lived.


Woodstock, Va., is about 30 miles south of Winchester in Shenandoah County.

Attempts to contact Hayes' family on Wednesday were unsuccessful. The funeral home in Winchester where Hayes' body was taken confirmed he died as a result of an automobile accident.

State police spokeswoman Karen Simsen said Tuesday the name of the driver would not be released because he was a minor and was involved in the commission of a felony.

The pursuit of Hayes began at 12:13 a.m. when Senior Trooper Carl Mahood saw two vehicles run a red light at the intersection of Warm Springs Avenue and Industrial Boulevard. When Mahood tried to pull over the cars, one turned into the Sheetz store on Edwin Miller Boulevard and the one driven by Hayes speeded up.

Hayes crashed into the tow truck at the intersection of North Queen Street Extended and Eagle School Road, according to police. The driver and a passenger in the truck were treated for minor injuries.

The 1989 Sterling 827 SL Hayes was driving had been reported stolen Nov. 12 in Winchester, according to state police. The identity of the driver of the car that pulled into Sheetz had not been determined, police said.

Humphrey said state police will review the incident.

"Everything has to be documented and reviewed by the superintendent's staff," he said.

Humphrey said Mahood's actions are not under investigation and he remains on duty.

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