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April 10, 2002

Man killedin W.Va. wreck

INWOOD, W.Va. - A man was killed Tuesday night when the Ford LTD he was driving crossed the center line on W.Va. 51 east of Inwood and struck another car head-on, police said.

The man's name was not available because next of kin had not been notified. police said this morning.

The man was heading east on W.Va. 51 at about 7 p.m. when the LTD crossed the center line and hit another car at the crest of a hill where Heritage Free Will Baptist Church is located, Sgt. Scott Richmond of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

A woman and a boy and girl who were traveling in the car, a Honda, were taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, said Richmond. That car, which was traveling west, sustained heavy front-end damage.

A third car that was following the woman's car struck the rear of her car, said Richmond.


Steve Nutt, the driver of the third car, said he saw the Ford LTD swerve into the path of the Honda when he reached the crest of the hill.

Nutt, of Inwood, said the man's car appeared "out of nowhere" when it hit the Honda.

After the cars collided, Nutt said he went to the Ford LTD to check on the man.

"He was moving a little bit. I was just telling him to hang on. I told him to hang on, we got an ambulance coming," said Nutt.

Nutt said he then went to the Honda, and the woman was frightened because it was starting to smoke.

Police did not have the names of the woman and two children traveling in the Honda. Their conditions were unavailable this morning.

It was the second fatal car accident in Berkeley County within 24 hours.

Perry Prather, 38, of Falling Waters, was killed Monday night when his 1966 Ford pickup truck went off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg near Downy Orchard Road and struck a tree, said Lt. Dennis Streets.

Woman, 70,struck, killed

EMMITSBURG, Md. - A 70-year-old woman was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon as she crossed Old Frederick Road in front of her home to get her mail, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Irene Agnes Wantz, of 15809 Old Frederick Road, was at the center line of the road at 2:25 p.m. when she was hit by a southbound 1995 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 19-year-old Kyle David Lewis of Thurmont, Md., deputies said.

Wantz was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.

Deputy 1st Class William Folden is continuing his investigation into the accident.

A split rail fence valued at $500 was taken from a home in the 1100 block of Eastwood Drive, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said the theft was reported Tuesday.

Md. tag stolenfrom motor home

A Maryland tag was taken from a 1968 Ford motor home parked at a residence in the 13700 block of Lois Street, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy said.

The theft of the tag numbered, 115484 M, was reported on Monday.

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