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Two remain hospitalized after fatal crash

February 27, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people remained hospitalized Sunday after a two-car crash that killed a Martinsburg man on Saturday.

Sonny Claye Gray, 21, of 1551 Charles Town Road, was killed when the car he was driving on U.S. 11 hit a van head-on, according to West Virginia State Police.

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At about 12:30 a.m., Gray, who was traveling south in a 1988 Plymouth Sundance, tried to pass another vehicle on the left in a no-passing zone, police said.

Gray's car collided head-on with a 1992 Dodge Caravan driven by Michael Rea, 40, of 1010 Magnolia Lane, Falling Waters, W.Va., police said.

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Eight other people were injured in the crash.

Three of them were in Gray's car. Tisha Moran, 12, of 263 Old Dam Road, Front Royal, Va., was taken to Fairfax Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., in serious condition. She remained in serious condition Sunday night, a spokeswoman there said.

Kenneth Gray, 15, of 2005 Diane Drive, Martinsburg, was in satisfactory condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg on Sunday.

Justin Hall, 15, of Route 5, Box 104 C-5, Martinsburg, was released from City Hospital Sunday, after being in satisfactory condition on Saturday.

Sonny Gray, who was on leave from the U.S Marines for about two weeks, was driving from his girlfriend's house to 7-Eleven, according to his mother, Faye Seville.

Rea and the four passengers in his van were treated at City Hospital on Saturday and released.

The passengers were: Kris Gilsdorf, 24; Asdis Gilsdorf, 43; and Warren Gilsdorf, 47, all of Champlain, N.Y; and Cindy Rea, 39, of Falling Waters, police said.

According to State Police Sgt. T.C. Krisik, a report on the crash was unclear about whether Sonny Gray was wearing a safety belt or if his vehicle even had one.

There were no seat belts where Gray's passengers were seated, according to a report filed by Trooper K.W. Martin.

Michael Rea and Warren Gilsdorf were wearing a lap belt and shoulder harness while Kris and Asdis Gilsdorf did not have seat belts on, the report said.

Cindy Rea was sitting where there was no seat belt installed, Martin's report said.

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