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Lab tests pending in I-81 fatal accident

February 08, 2001

Lab tests pending in I-81 fatal accident



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The condition of the driver involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 81 last week has improved, but Pennsylvania State Police said it will be awhile before they are able to talk to him and determined what happened.

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Lance S. Parkins, 19, of 151 Sandy Circle in Chambersburg, was upgraded from critical to serious condition Wednesday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, but he has yet to regain consciousness, according to hospital and police officials.

The Jan. 31 accident north of Exit 3 in Greencastle, Pa., killed a West Virginia deputy transporting a prisoner.

Parkins entered the interstate around 3 p.m. headed the wrong way, and his car crashed head-on with the Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department cruiser.

Police are awaiting the results of blood and urine tests on Parkins, which, contrary to earlier reports, could take up to a month, said Trooper G.M. Goodyear.

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He said the lab performing the tests covers several State Police stations and there is a backlog of several weeks to a month.

Deputy John Lewis Burkett, 28, and Deputy Joseph Miller, 58, were transporting prisoner Gary Lynn Moser, of Waynesboro, Pa., to Berkeley County for prosecution on felony fraud charges.

Burkett, of Falling Waters, W.Va., died after the crash.

Miller was released from Washington County Hospital Thursday. Moser was released late Tuesday afternoon, after which he was taken to Berkeley County and arraigned.

- Stacey Danzuso

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