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W.Va. man found guilty in fatal crash

June 26, 1999|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was found guilty Friday of unlawful driving under the influence causing death in a 1998 car accident that killed his 16-year-old friend, according to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

Richard D. Jones II, 19, faces up to a year in jail for the offense, Games-Neely said.

That time could be compounded by additional jail time from a guilty verdict on a related speeding charge, she said.

Aaron James Setting, of Martinsburg, a junior at Hedgesville High School, died at the scene of the Feb. 22, 1998, crash on Berkeley Station Road.

The car carrying Jones and Setting hit a station wagon then ran off the road into a telephone pole, according to West Virginia State Police.

The impact split the car apart and ejected both Jones and Setting, who were not wearing seat belts, police said.

Jones did not testify at his trial.

A doctor testified that Jones had amnesia after the accident and could not remember who was driving.

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Defense attorneys acknowledged both of the teens were legally drunk at the time.

Jones also was found guilty of driving on a learner's permit without the presence of an adult 21 years or older and not wearing a seatbelt, Games-Neely said.

Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

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