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Driver sentenced in DUI death case

December 08, 1998

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing death in a 1997 car wreck that claimed the life of a Virginia woman will serve from one to 10 years in prison, officials said.

On New Year's Eve 1997, a 1994 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Clinton W. Cavender, 39, of Route 4, traveled off Chestnut Hill Road near Harpers Ferry and struck a tree, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

The truck returned to the road and struck a 1984 Buick Skylark head-on, according to court records.

The crash claimed the life of Kimberly Jewel of Woodbridge, Va., one of four people in the car, according to prosecutors and court records.

Cavender, who failed three sobriety tests, told authorities he drank three beers at a friend's house, according to court records.

On Oct. 6, Cavender pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing death and to three counts of driving under the influence causing injury, according to court records.

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Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes on Monday sentenced Cavender to serve from one to 10 years in prison for the four offenses, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

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