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Man who drove car into W.Va. creek identified

April 16, 2001

Man who drove car into W.Va. creek identified



SLEEPY CREEK, W.Va. - Police Monday identified a 68-year old Pennsylvania man who missed the entrance to a bridge and drove his car into Sleepy Creek Saturday night.

The man was identified as Omery B. Lake of Harrisonville, Pa., by Morgan County Sheriff's Deputy V.E. Shambaugh.

The accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lake apparently was trying to take a shortcut to a relative's home in Hedgesville when he missed the entrance to the bridge on River Road and drove his car into the creek, Shambaugh said.

The car landed right-side-up in about 5 feet of 45-degree water, he said.

Shambaugh and a state trooper swam to the car, opened the passenger side door and pulled Lake out. They performed CPR on him on the car roof for at least five minutes, then put Lake on a backboard and floated him to shore, where an ambulance awaited.

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Lake was pronounced dead at War Memorial Hospital.

The accident happened where the creek flows into the Potomac River, said Allen Truax, assistant chief of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department

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