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Pedestrians struck, one dies

March 08, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Ohio man was killed Sunday night when he and a woman were hit by a pickup truck as they tried to walk across U.S. 11 near Martinsburg.

The accident happened about 10:20 p.m. after the pair left Alibi's near W.Va. 9 and attempted to cross the street toward Peggy and Carol's Bar, according to West Virginia State Police.

A southbound 1990 Ford Ranger struck the pair, fatally injuring the 62-year-old Ohio man and seriously injuring a Martinsburg woman, police said.

Frances Sanders, 52, was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, where she was admitted with hip and pelvis fractures, police said. Sanders was listed in stable condition Monday night, a hospital supervisor said.

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The man, who police declined to identify Monday pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at Martinsburg City Hospital.

The driver of the truck, Joshua Aucoin, 18, of Martinsburg, was not injured in the accident.

Police said Sanders and the deceased had been drinking at Alibi's for more than two hours, and police believe alcohol played a role in the accident. There is no crosswalk or traffic light in front of Alibi's.

The man took the brunt of the impact from the truck and was dragged a short distance down the road, police said.

The speed limit on U.S. 11 where the accident occurred is 40 mph. Police say they do not believe speed was a factor.

The dead man had recently been working in the Eastern Panhandle on hotel advertisement-related business. His 1988 Toyota minivan had an Ohio license plate. Police said they were unsure where he lived in Ohio.

No charges were filed in the accident.

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