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W.Va. man dies from injuries in wreck

March 29, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - An 83-year-old Hedgesville man died in a Virginia hospital Saturday from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon in a crash on W.Va. 9 near Hedgesville, police said.

Marvin Crouse was flown to Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., with massive head injuries Friday following a near head-on collision on a sharp curve in front of the Eagle's Landing bar, according to the West Virginia State Police.

Police said the accident happened about 1:20 p.m. when Crouse veered from the eastbound lanes into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting a 1984 Ford Mustang that had stopped for another car.

The 1990 Ford Festiva driven by Crouse sideswiped a westbound 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon and spun off the side of the road, police said.

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Crouse was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, then transported by helicopter to Fairfax. He died at the hospital at about 6 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Dorothy Crouse, 88, of Hedgesville, a passenger in her husband's car, was treated and released at Martinsburg City Hospital.

The driver of the station wagon, 55-year-old James Castleman of Martinsburg, was also treated and released at Martinsburg City Hospital for minor injuries.

Police said Marvin Crouse was at fault in the accident. He was not wearing a seat belt and his car did not have an air bag, police said.

The accident damaged the Mustang but its driver, 53-year-old Jackie Tetro of Martinsburg, was not injured, police said.

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