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W.Va. woman sentenced for fatal accident

April 24, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was sentenced to two years in jail for driving away after she stuck and killed a man who was walking to work last June.

Carrine Ann Smith, 39, pleaded guilty in Berkeley County Circuit Court on Thursday to two misdemeanor counts: Leaving the scene of an accident causing death and driving under the influence resulting in death.

Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Smith was sentenced to one year in jail on each count, to run consecutively. Six months of one of the terms was suspended.

Circuit Judge David Sanders also sentenced Smith to two years of probation.

Smith hit Charles Mordesovitch, 25, of Martinsburg, who was walking on a berm near the Sheetz store on Edwin Miller Boulevard in the early morning hours of June 4, 1999. He was on his way to his job at Akers Plastic, authorities said.

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Games-Neely said that a condition of Smith's plea and sentence was that she reveal in court where she had been drinking on that night. Smith testified she had been at The Tunnel Club.

Smith apologized to Mordesovitch's family in court. Mordesovitch's mother also had a chance to speak and said she could forgive Smith, but would never forget what happened.

Police said Smith took her 1999 Nissan to a mechanic after the collision and claimed the windshield was broken by vandals in front of her home. Police said they determined that it had a depression indicating it had struck a body, and they found hair and fibers from Mordesovitch.

Police said Smith told them she hit something on Edwin Miller Boulevard but thought it was a deer and drove away.

Smith has been in jail for more than two months because her initial bond was revoked when she tested positive for marijuana, Games-Neely said.

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