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W.Va. man charged in fatal New Year's crash

January 01, 1998

W.Va. man charged in fatal New Year's crash

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry man has been charged with drunken driving in a New Year's Eve traffic accident that claimed the life of a Virginia woman, police said.

Kimberly Jewel, 35, of Woodbridge, Va., was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., West Virginia State Police said.

Clinton Cavender, of Harpers Ferry was charged with driving under the influence in an accident resulting in a death, driving under the influence, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and crossing the center line, said State Trooper Jose Centeno.

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Cavender was driving on Chestnut Hill Road when his pickup truck ran off the right side of the road, police said.

Cavender's truck struck a tree, bounced off and back into the road, crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Gary Wastler, of Keyes Ferry Acres, W.Va., police said.

Jewel was a passenger in the rear seat of Wastler's car, police said.

Cavender was released on $20,000 bond.

Elsewhere in the Tri-State area, a man who led police on a two-county chase early New Year's Day was charged with driving under the influence and numerous traffic offenses, West Virginia State Police said.

The man sped past an accident on Cherry Run Road in Berkeley County, police said.

Police pursued his pickup truck into Morgan County at speeds of up to 85 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said.

Lonnie William Bishop, 27, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence, obstructing an officer, speeding, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Bishop's blood alcohol was measured at .144, which is over the legal limit of .10, police said.

In Frederick, Md., a man dressed in black clothing and walking in the middle of a traffic lane was struck by a motorist at 11:52 p.m. Wednesday.

William Daniel Spahr, 25, of Frederick, was listed in critical condition Thursday at University of Maryland Hospital.

The car was driven north on U.S. 15 south of Hessong Bridge Road. No charges have been placed against the driver, Malcolm I. Nagle Jr., police said.

In Washington County, Maryland State Police Sgt. Terry Hill said one person was arrested by troopers for drunken driving.

"People are paying a lot more attention to designated drivers," Hill said. "Things have been quiet."

The man was picked up about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

"I guess he was partying a little too hardy," Hill said.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg also reported a fairly quiet New Year's for troopers.

Troopers arrested two people for drunken driving - one shortly before midnight and another on New Year's Day, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper R.B. Kane.

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