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One dead, one hurt in accident

January 27, 1998

One dead, one hurt in accident

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

CLEAR SPRING - Two Hancock residents returning from a Super Bowl party in Baltimore where marijuana was smoked were involved in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Monday morning that resulted in the death of the driver.

Robert Gene Powell, 23, of 32 W. Main St., was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:34 a.m. accident by Dr. Howard Weeks, a Washington County medical examiner.

The passenger, Dawn Lynn Gilbert, 17, of 18 W. Main St., told Maryland State Police Trooper First Class M.A. Speak that she and Powell had been smoking marijuana at that Baltimore party.

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Gilbert, who was able to get out of the vehicle and flag down a passing vehicle, was taken to Washington County Hospital by Clear Spring ambulance personnel.

Her condition was fair Monday night, hospital officials said.

Speak said Gilbert told him that Powell had stopped once to rest on the trip back to Hancock and that she herself was asleep when the 1993 Subaru Justy ran off the road.

"The car hit a guard rail and became airborne, traveling 95 feet through the air before hitting a tree," Speak said.

Still moving, the car then rolled several times and when the back end hit another tree, both Powell and Gilbert were ejected. Neither was wearing a seat belt, Speak said.

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