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W.Va. woman pleads guilty in drunk driving death

March 01, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman who was charged with drunken driving in the death of a Kearneysville, W.Va., woman last April entered a guilty plea in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday.

Margo Fritsch, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence causing death. The charge carries a possible prison sentence of from one to 10 years, according to court records.

If Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. agrees to the plea arrangement, charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and failure to maintain control will be dropped, said Shayna Funkhouser, a clerk in the circuit clerk's office.

Fritsch, who is free on bond, entered the plea a little more than a week before she was scheduled to go to trial.

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She is scheduled to be sentenced April 11 at 9 a.m.

Fritsch was charged in the April 1, 2001, death of Tracey Gregor.

Gregor, 28, and her fianc, Michael Shoppert, were westbound on W.Va. 45 outside Shepherdstown, W.Va., at about 7:20 p.m. when their car's tire blew.

Gregor was clearing debris from the road when she was struck by a westbound car that kept going, police said.

She was taken by ambulance to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where she was pronounced dead.

About 10 minutes after the accident, Shepherdstown Police stopped a 1997 Ford Probe driven by Fritsch, police said.

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