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Highway, farm, pool accidents kill 4 in area

July 12, 1998|By LAURA ERNDE

Two car accidents, a tractor flip and a drowning claimed the lives of four Tri-State area residents this weekend.

A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was hit by a car and killed on Leetown-Middleway Road late Friday, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Allen W. Fellers, 28, was intoxicated and lying in the road in front of Cody's Salvage when he was struck at 11:42 p.m., said Deputy R.J. Jenkins.

Fellers was walking home alone from a club and was about a mile from his house when the accident happened, Jenkins said.

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Joan Hogbin, 45, of Summit Point, W.Va., was southbound when she crested a hill about 40 mph and saw Fellers on the road, Jenkins said.

There was no way Hogbin could stop her 1994 Mercury sedan in time, Jenkins said. In the oncoming lane was a car driven by Leana Wolfe of Summit Point, he said.

"It was an unavoidable accident," said Jenkins, who later simulated the accident and could not stop given the same distance, 52 feet, that Hogbin had to stop.

Wolfe, age unavailable, swerved her car to miss hitting the figure in the road and was driving back to see what it was, Jenkins said.

A Three Springs, Pa., woman died in a head-on collision Saturday on Peach Orchard Road, 3/10 of a mile north of Lincoln Way West in Fulton County, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Noell M. Shank, 23, was traveling north on Peach Orchard Road at 11:25 a.m. Saturday when she traveled into the southbound lane and struck a car driven by Marsha D. McCoy, 37, of McConnellsburg, Pa., police said.

Shank was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m. at Fulton County Medical Center by Coroner Denny Butterbaugh, police said.

McCoy was taken by ambulance to Fulton County Medical Center and then flown to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., where she was listed in fair condition, a hospital official said Saturday night.

A Mount Pleasant, Md., farmer was killed Saturday when his tractor overturned, Maryland State Police said.

John Wesley Schroyer, 34, of 1033 Old Liberty Road, was operating a McCormick Farmall tractor in tall grass on a hillside when the tractor overturned at 11:50 a.m., police said. Schroyer was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he later died, police said.

A Frederick, Md., man died Saturday as the result of a swimming pool accident a day earlier, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Jack Miles Bane, 80, of 5594 Sedwick Court, was walking in the shallow end of his pool, which is about 4 feet deep, when his wife, Doris, saw him slip and go underwater, police said.

She ran next door and got help from registered nurse Norma Sacoman, police said.

Sacoman pulled him from the bottom of the pool and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, said police, who were called at 5:26 p.m.

Bane was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he died after 7 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Staff writer Clyde Ford contributed to this report.

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