Teen charged in fatal wreck

February 27, 1998


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg teenager had been drinking, was speeding and didn't have a driver's license when his car plowed into a telephone pole Saturday, resulting in the death of his 16-year-old friend, according to West Virginia State Police.

Richard D. Jones II, 18, of 320 S. Church St., was charged with driving under the influence with death Wednesday after his release from City Hospital in Martinsburg.

He was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond, according to court records.

Aaron James Setting died in the 7 a.m. accident.

Police said Jones - who had only a learner's permit - was driving south on Berkeley Station Road when the car went over the center line and clipped a station wagon.


A learner's permit allows a driver to operate a vehicle only when a licensed driver over the age of 21 is in the car.

After the impact, the car ran off the west shoulder and struck a telephone pole, police said. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, police said. Both were ejected.

Setting, a junior at Hedgesville High School, died at the scene.

Police say Jones was driving faster than the 40 mph speed limit.

Trooper Jack Folk reported there was a strong odor of alcohol from Jones, his speech was slurred and his eyes bloodshot, court records said.

A DUI with death charge carries a one- to 10-year prison term and a $1,000 to $3,000 fine.

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