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Man charged in wreck flees hospital

March 23, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Man charged in wreck flees hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged in a head-on collision disappeared Sunday from City Hospital in Martinsburg.

West Virginia State Police were looking for Richard Keith Holliday, 33, late Sunday night.

Sgt. Rob Blair said Holliday apparently walked out of the hospital Sunday afternoon. Hospital employees called police at 3:19 p.m. to notify them of Holliday's disappearance.

A warrant for third-offense driving under the influence - a felony - has been issued, police said.

Police said the 6:20 p.m. accident occurred Thursday on W.Va. 9 near the 7-Eleven store in Hedgesville as Wendy Shanholtz, 22, drove westbound in her 1992 Hyundai sedan.

According to the criminal complaint, several witnesses told police an eastbound 1985 Dodge Caravan was being driven erratically, passing several vehicles in a no-passing zone.

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Several vehicles were run off the road, witnesses said.

The Caravan veered left of center and struck Shanholtz's car head-on, police said.

Shanholtz and her 1-year-old son, Darren Kerill, had to be extricated from the wreck, police said.

Shanholtz was listed in fair condition Sunday night with several leg fractures and trauma to her face and head. The child was flown to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., shortly after the accident for head injuries. His condition was not available Sunday night.

Holliday gave a false name when interviewed, police said. A criminal history revealed he had several aliases and had his driver's license revoked for two prior DUI charges in Martinsburg, police said.

The criminal complaint also said Holliday had a bag of marijuana down his pants, which was found by a doctor.

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