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Woman struck, killed in W.Va.

July 18, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A weekend tradition came to a tragic end Saturday for a Harpers Ferry woman who had a passion for yard sales.

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Tilda V. Spinks, 41, was killed while trying to cross W.Va. 9 in Charles Town to visit a yard sale near East Pine Drive, police said.

"She loved yard sales. Every Saturday she would go and look at what other people wanted to sell," said L.J. Brown, a relative of Spinks.

The fatal accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. when Spinks and her husband stopped on the side of W.Va. 9 to take a closer look at a yard sale, police said.

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Spinks' husband, Ronnie, had just crossed the road and was waiting for his wife to join him when she was hit by an eastbound Ford Esprit, police said.

The car was driven by Mary E. Lonas, 49, of Harpers Ferry, who was traveling between 40 or 45 mph when she hit Spinks, police said.

"Mrs. Lonas said she saw Mrs. Spinks standing on the side of the road, and the next thing she knew she was on the hood," Charles Town Police Chief W.M. Aldridge said.

A Charles Town police officer who responded to the accident could not find a pulse on Spinksm who was pronounced dead at the scene, Aldridge said.

There was no indication Lonas was speeding but police must still interview additional witnesses and could decide today if any charges will be filed, Aldridge said.

Spinks was a hardworking Baptist homemaker with two sons and two stepdaughters, Brown said.

"You couldn't ask for a better person," Brown said.

Brown said Tilda Spinks and his nephew had been married for the past seven years.

"She was the center of the family. Unfortunately, plans for the future have all been stopped now," Brown said.

Funeral services for Spinks are scheduled Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.

Spinks' death was the second fatal pedestrian accident in the Eastern Panhandle in the past two months.

Charles Mordesovitch, 25, of Martinsburg was killed June 4 in a hit-and-run accident while walking to work along Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg.

Carrine Ann Smith, 38, of Martinsburg, was charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to court records.

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