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Man dies in three-vehicle crash on W.Va. 51

April 10, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

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.

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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.

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