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W.Va. man charged in two head-on crashes

May 01, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with fleeing an accident scene and other traffic offenses following two head-on crashes within five minutes Saturday afternoon.

Raymond Clifton Jr., 26, of Rt. 6, was also charged with failure to maintain control and driving left of center, according to police.

A 1984 red Nissan pickup truck heading southbound on Sulpher Springs Road, near Inwood, W.Va., drifted into the northbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Reva Ann Waters, 29, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., at about 5:15 p.m., according to West Virginia State Police.

After being forced off the road, Waters' vehicle struck a livestock fence, according to police.

At about 5:20 p.m., the pickup truck driver was traveling southbound on W.Va. 51/7 when his truck traveled off the west edge of the road, skidded into the southbound lane and collided with a 1990 Ford Probe driven by Gary M. Royer, 30, of Inwood, according to police.

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A passenger in Royer's car, Tina Monroe, 23, was transported by ambulance to City Hospital in Martinsburg, before being transferred to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., a hospital spokesperson said.

Monroe, of Inwood, W.Va., was in intensive care at Fairfax Hospital on Saturday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.

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