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W.Va. man indicted in deadly accident

May 20, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - David W. Grove, the Martinsburg man charged in a car accident that killed a Hedgesville, W.Va., couple, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Grove, 45, of 924 S. Raleigh St., faces two counts of driving under the influence causing the death of Shelva and Daniel Head, two counts of DUI with injury and third-offense DUI.

According to West Virginia State Police, Grove was driving his 1976 Mercury Cougar eastbound on W.Va. 9 on Jan. 25 when the car skidded out of control, crossed the center line and struck the Heads' 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier head-on.

Shelva and Daniel Head died of massive blunt trauma to their upper and lower torsos, said Berkeley County Coroner Sandra Brining.

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The couple's son, 4-year-old Brian Head, and 16-year-old Michelle Pentz, Shelva Head's daughter from a previous marriage, suffered permanent injuries, according to a civil suit filed by the couple's family.

Grove also faces a lawsuit filed by his passenger, Robert A. Barrett, 26, of Martinsburg, seeking compensation for his injuries.

A blood test showed Grove had a .18 percent blood alcohol level, said Trooper Dean Olack. The legal limit in West Virginia is .10.

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