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Passenger is killed in crash on Novak Drive near Pikeside

April 24, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man died Tuesday after the car in which he was riding collided head-on with another car on a road near the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, police said.

Steven Andrew Cheeseman, 21, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., following the 5:33 p.m. crash, West Virginia State Police Trooper R.C. Copson said.

Police said Stacey Ronevich, 35, of Martinsburg was driving a 2000 Nissan minivan east on Novak Drive when she fell asleep at the wheel and crossed into the westbound lane, Copson alleged.

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Ronevich's van struck a 1991 Honda Civic being driven by Matthew Weaver, 20, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Copson said.

Cheeseman was a passenger in Weaver's car, Copson said.

Copson said Weaver was in surgery at City Hospital Tuesday night. A hospital spokeswoman said Weaver was in stable condition.

Ronevich was still being treated in the emergency room Tuesday night, the spokeswoman said. Her injuries appeared to be minor, Copson said.

Novak Drive is about a half-mile north of Tablers Station Road. It is used to gain access to Sino Swearingen and other companies off U.S. 11 near the airport.

The accident remained under investigation.

The crash was at least the fourth fatal accident in Berkeley County in the last four weeks.

On April 9, a Summit Point, W.Va., man was killed when his Ford LTD crossed the center line on W.Va. 51 east of Inwood, W.Va., and struck another car head-on, police said.

Police said 24 hours before that accident, a Falling Waters, W.Va., man died when his pickup truck went off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg near Downy Orchard Road and struck a tree.

On March 31, a Wheaton, Md., man died when the car in which he was riding was struck head-on by another car on U.S. 11 near Berkeley Plaza, state police said.

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