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W.Va. man killed in car crash

November 23, 2001

W.Va. man killed in car crash



By JULIE E. GREENE / julieg@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Ron Scott was planning to have Thanksgiving dinner with his older brother, Don, so Don wouldn't have to be alone on the holiday one month after their father died.

He ended up mourning his brother, who died in a car accident early Thanksgiving morning.

Ron Scott said he went to Don's Northwinds Drive home on Thursday afternoon "just to be with him" in spirit.

Don Scott, 41, appeared to be eastbound on W.Va. 9 three miles east of Charles Town when his car collided head-on with a westbound car around 2 a.m., said Fire Chief Ed Smith with Independent Fire Co.

He died at the scene of chest injuries, according to Smith and Jefferson County Coroner William Miller. He was wearing his seat belt, Miller said.

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A man and woman in the westbound car were flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital, but their identities and conditions were unknown, Smith said. The two were from Ashburn, Va.

Both lanes of W.Va. 9 were closed for about 45 minutes so the emergency transport helicopter could land on the Bloomery Bridge over the Shenandoah River to take the injured man and woman to Fairfax, Smith said.

The investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department could not be reached for comment.

Don Scott was supposed to call his brother Wednesday night so the two could get together with friends, but he never called or answered his phone, Ron said.

The two had planned to have Thanksgiving dinner with neighbors of Don's.

Their father, Raymond Scott, died Oct. 5.

"I didn't want him to be alone for the holidays," said Ron, 37, of Centreville, Va.

"He was a very loving person," Ron said. "He just came home to his house and would take care of the lawn."

Don Scott, who went to school in Virginia, moved to the Charles Town area about two or three years ago, his brother said.

Don worked at a computer software job with Group 1 Software Inc. in Prince George's County, Md., Ron said. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed playing computer games, mostly about flying though he didn't fly himself.

He had two cats that friends will now care for, Ron said.

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