Man arraigned on fatal wreck charges

January 27, 1998

Man arraigned on fatal wreck charges


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man involved in a Sunday night accident that claimed the lives of a Hedgesville, W.Va., couple had recovered enough by Tuesday to be arraigned on charges stemming from the accident, according to West Virginia State Police.

David W. Grove, 45, of 924 S. Raleigh St., was arraigned before Magistrate Sandra Miller on two felony counts each of driving under the influence with death and driving under the influence with injuries, Trooper D.M. Olack said Tuesday. Grove was released on $20,000 bond, he said.

No date for a preliminary hearing was set Tuesday, but one must be scheduled within 20 days of arraignment, he said.


Grove was arrested following the 8:37 p.m. accident on W.Va. 9 just east of Grapevine Road.

The accident claimed the lives of Daniel Head, 46, and Shelva Head, 42.

They were the driver and front-seat passenger of a westbound 1992 Chevy Cavalier that was struck head-on by an eastbound 1976 Mercury Cougar that skidded out of control.

Brian Head, 3, and 16-year-old Michelle Pentz, Shelva Head's daughter from a previous marriage, were injured. A nursing supervisor at City Hospital in Martinsburg said both were in satisfactory condition on Tuesday.

Grove returned to the hospital following his arraignment and was in satisfactory condition Tuesday evening, the supervisor said.

According to information contained in the warrants for Grove's arrest, state police said Grove told them "he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to the accident."

The complaint alleged that a trooper smelled alcohol on Grove's breath and that statements from witnesses indicated that he had been drinking.

Police said Grove consented to a blood test that is being analyzed at the state police laboratory.

Olack said Grove was arraigned only on the felony counts.

Warrants also have been issued on misdemeanor charges of driving left of center, failure to maintain control, giving false information to police and not wearing a seat belt.

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