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Man dragged by two vehicles

June 18, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has confirmed a Martinsburg man was dragged not by one car, but two, before he was found badly injured Wednesday in the parking lot of a Martinsburg nightclub.

Christopher John Koscinski, 29, remained in critical condition at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., on Thursday. Authorities say he has been unconscious since the incident early Wednesday.

The sheriff's department said a preliminary investigation by an accident reconstructionist revealed one vehicle in the parking lot of the Steel Mill Club on Paynes Ford Road backed over Koscinski, who became caught in the car's undercarriage.

After he fell from the undercarriage, a second vehicle struck him and he was dragged again, according to the department.

It's unclear how far the man was dragged, said Capt. Richard Steerman. Apparently, Koscinski was laying down or sitting in the parking lot at the time.

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"He was below the bumper area of both vehicles, because there were no markings to indicate he was standing," Steerman said.

Steerman said the driver of the first vehicle was intoxicated. There is no evidence to indicate the second driver was under the influence, he said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said the 3:57 a.m. incident remained under investigation. It was originally reported to the sheriff's department as an assault after an employee found Koscinski in the parking lot, and he was transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg. He was later flown to Virginia.

Koscinski suffered severe scalp cuts, head injuries and several broken bones, authorities said.

No one has been charged in the incident. Steerman said charges could be filed after further investigation and discussions with the prosecuting attorney.

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