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Trooper's condition improves

June 03, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia State Police trooper injured May 29 when his cruiser was involved in a hit-and-run accident was in fair condition Sunday night, said a hospital spokesman at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Sgt. Scott E. Paugh was on his way home to Martinsburg from the Charles Town, W.Va., barrack at about 10:50 p.m. when a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder struck his cruiser in the left front corner on Golf Course Road near Martinsburg, state police allege.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle fled the scene on foot, leaving Paugh injured and trapped in his cruiser, state police said Thursday.

There has been no arrest in the accident, Sgt. M.A. Carte said Sunday night.

A nearby resident heard the collision and walked to the scene of the crash. Paugh was conscious when the person walked up to the cruiser, police said.

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It took emergency crews about 30 minutes to free Paugh - a 12-year veteran - from the wreckage.

Paugh was in critical condition for several days after he was admitted to the hospital.

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