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Woman dies when car flips over road berm

June 06, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after she was found in her wrecked car over an embankment along Flowing Springs Road Tuesday morning, according to West Virginia State Police.

Police are not sure when the accident occurred. The woman was not found until three men in a large truck were able to see over the embankment and notice her car, Trooper Richard Shockey said.

Shockey said he believes that other passing cars were not able to see over the hill and notice the car.

Maria Vonzella Bynum, 50, was found unconscious inside the car, Shockey said. She was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Shockey said.

The car was found near railroad tracks about a mile from Charles Town in a steep area near the Flowing Springs stream, Shockey said.

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Police believe Bynum was traveling south on the road and may have lost control of her car in Tuesday morning's wet weather.

The men riding by in the truck saw the car on its roof about 25 feet down the embankment, Shockey said. The men, who spotted the car about 9:30 a.m., waved down a Jefferson County Sheiff's deputy, who went to the car and noticed Bynum inside, Shockey said.

Police believe the accident may have occurred as early as 7:30 a.m.

State Police are not sure where Bynum lived. Troopers had both Hagerstown and Ranson addresses for her, but are not sure she was living in either area, according to Shockey.

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