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Man involved in fatal crash recovering at home

April 19, 2001

Man involved in fatal crash recovering at home



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


The Chambersburg man involved in a January accident on Interstate 81 that claimed the life of a West Virginia Sheriff's deputy is out of a coma and at home recovering, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Lance S. Parkins, 19, was hospitalized at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown for about two months following the Jan. 31 accident.

He regained consciousness and was released from the hospital a few weeks ago, according to police and hospital officials.

"The last I heard, he was out of the hospital and at home going through rehabilitation," said Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. G.M. Goodyear Wednesday.

Parkins, of 151 Sandy Circle, entered I-81 at Exit 3 in Greencastle, Pa., heading the wrong way, at around 3 p.m. Jan. 31.

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

Burkett and Deputy Joseph Miller, 58, were taking 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.

Toxicology reports confirmed Parkins had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his blood at the time of the accident. Lab results did show he had some pharmaceutical drugs in his system, Goodyear said. He said he did not know if they were drugs prescribed for Parkins.

Goodyear said Parkins has a mental deficiency that could have been a contributing cause of the accident.

Police have not filed charges in the accident.

Tpr. Aaron Martin had been waiting for a light to change while exiting the ramp off the southbound lane of the interstate at Exit 3 when Parkins passed him in a Subaru heading the wrong way up the exit ramp.

Martin turned on his lights, turned his cruiser around and was going after Parkins, also going the wrong way on I-81, in an attempt to stop the Subaru when the collision occurred.

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