Shambaugh death ruled accidental
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
The death last month of Morgan County Clerk Ralph Shambaugh has been ruled an accident, Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney David Sevasten said Wednesday.
"We haven't seen the actual coroner's report, but we have been told by the coroner's office that it was an accidental drowning," Sevasten said. "I know of no other reason than that."
Shambaugh's body was examined by the state Medical Examiner's Office.
Shambaugh, 64, died March 27 when his minivan left Powerhouse Road near Great Cacapon, about five miles from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and slid into the Cacapon River.
Morgan County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Tim Stapleton said Shambaugh's vehicle left the road shortly before a bridge with water over it. The spot in the road where the vehicle went into the river also had water over it, he said.