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Crash victim was mother of two

February 07, 2002

Crash victim was mother of two



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


HEDGESVILLE, W. Va. - Michelle Rollyson had just left her house for a short trip to the grocery store when she died in a two-car accident on W.Va. 9 Tuesday, her father said.

Mark Rollyson said his daughter left her house in Hedgesville, W.Va., and was headed to the Food Lion supermarket east of town on W.Va. 9 when her car crashed head-on with a car driven by Robert Barefoot, 41, of Hedgesville.

"She was busy raising her kids," Rollyson said Wednesday.

Police said they do not know why the car driven by the 19-year-old mother of two crossed from the east to the west lane of the highway.

Rollyson said his daughter was born in Gassaway, W.Va. She moved to Berkeley County about 15 years ago when her father came to the area to take a job.

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Rollyson attended Berkeley Heights Elementary School and Martinsburg High School. Rollyson quit high school but later obtained her GED, her father said.

About three weeks ago, Rollyson began working as a laborer at Aker Plastics in the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Park, her father said.

Barefoot, who was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital after the 3:05 p.m. crash, remained in serious condition at the hospital Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

There were few witnesses to the accident, said Lt. Dennis Streets. A motorist who was traveling behind Barefoot said he saw Rollyson drift into the opposite lane, police said.

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