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Man dies in Va. accident

August 17, 1998

NEERSVILLE, Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va.-area man was killed Saturday morning when his vehicle struck a tree off Harpers Ferry Road in Loudoun County, Va., according to a Loudoun County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

The accident happened around 4 a.m. near Loudoun Heights Lane, said spokeswoman Judi Lukens Torian.

Driver Jeffrey B. Smith, 24, was southbound in the 1994 Ford Explorer when it went off the road and hit the tree, Torian said.

A passerby discovered the accident and reported it to authorities, she said.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, Torian said.

A 19-year-old female passenger was flown to Washington Hospital Trauma Center in Washington, D.C, she said.

As of Monday afternoon, police hadn't confirmed the woman's identity, Torian said.

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