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Alcohol not a factor in fatal accident

February 11, 2001|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Alcohol not a factor in fatal accident



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania driver involved in an accident on Interstate 81 last month that killed a West Virginia deputy was sober at the time of the accident, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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

"The alcohol results indicated there was no alcohol in his system," said Tpr. G.M. Goodyear.

It could be weeks before the toxicology reports are completed, he said. The lab performing the tests covers several State Police stations and there is currently a backlog of several weeks to a month.

It will be a while before charges, if any, are filed against Parkins.

"We're waiting on the lab results. We're waiting for him to regain consciousness and waiting for approval from the (District Attorney's) office," Goodyear said.

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Parkins entered the interstate at Exit 3 in Greencastle headed the wrong way, around 3 p.m. Jan. 31.

His car crashed head-on into a Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department cruiser, killing Deputy John Lewis Burkett, 28.

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

Miller and Moser were both injured but have since been released from the hospital.

Goodyear said he is also still waiting for accident reconstructionists to determine how fast Parkins' car was traveling at the time of the accident.

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