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Vehicle accident claims Inwood man

November 30, 1999|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A 31-year-old father of three died Friday morning after the vehicle he was driving crossed the center of Sulphur Springs Road in southern Berkeley County and collided head-on with a dump truck, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the victim's father.

Jay Eugene Crews Jr., of Inwood, W.Va., died at the scene of the accident, said Sgt. R.L. Gardner of the sheriff's department.

Crews was northbound on Sulphur Springs Road and might have been blinded by sunlight when the 1987 Acura he was operating crashed head-on into a southbound 2002 Mack dump truck driven by Curtis Lee Lilla, 34, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., police said.

Lilla was not injured, and Gardner said no charges would be filed in the case.

The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and Branch Drive, was reported at 7:24 a.m., Gardner said.

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The sheriff's department was assisted by firefighters from the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department in Inwood and the Berkeley County Ambulance Authority.

Crews' father, Jay Eugene Crews Sr. of Woodsboro, Md., said Friday night that he didn't learn of his son's death until after noon, and knew little of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Crews had three young children ? two daughters and a son ? his father said.

Crews was born in Charles Town, W.Va., and attended Jefferson High School, his father said.

His son was an electrician and enjoyed sports, particularly backyard football, he said.

"When he came around, we always played football," Crews said.

In addition to his father, Crews is survived by his mother, Sina Virginia Foster, two stepsisters and a stepbrother, Crews said

Funeral arrangements by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg were not immediately available.

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