Woman killed in crash 'made friends wherever she went'

September 17, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART and RICHARD F. BELISLE

A 34-year-old woman who died in a two-car accident on a wet section of W.Va. 45 near Glengary, W.Va., Sunday was the mother of three and an outgoing person, her mother said Monday.

Regina Marie "Gina" Martinson, of Glengary, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg following the 4:20 p.m. accident, West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg said Monday.

Three other people, including Martinson's husband, Bryan Martinson, were injured in the accident, police said. Bryan Martinson was treated at City Hospital and released.


"Gina was a very outgoing person who made friends wherever she went," said her mother, Ruth Vincent, from her Glengary home Monday night. "She was my only beautiful, beautiful daughter."

Vincent said her husband died when Gina was 2 years old and her brother, Ricky, was 8.

"Gina's daughter, Valeria, will be 15 on her mother's birthday Sept. 30 ... that's going to be really hard for her," Vincent said. Gina's other daughter, Nicholette, is 13.

Vincent said Gina's youngest child, 10-year-old son Lacey, told his grandmother Sunday night that he not only lost his mother but his best friend.

Most recently, Gina Martinson was a housewife but she had worked at the Glengary Post Office and the Winchester, Va., 911 Center in years past, her mother said.

Police said the accident occurred on W.Va. 45 east of the intersection with Parkinson Road.

Police said Bryan Martinson was driving a 1991 Geo Prizm west on W.Va. 45.

A 17-year-old Kearneysville boy, whom police did not identify, and his passenger, a 14-year-old boy from Glengary, were eastbound in a 1996 Nissan, Sgt. M.A. Carte said.

The driver of the Nissan lost control on a curve and the Nissan crossed the center line, turned sideways and headed into the path of the Martinson vehicle, police said.

The passenger side of the Nissan struck the front end of Martinson's car and the Nissan went off the north side of the road into a tree, police said. The Prizm stayed in the westbound lane.

The 14-year-old was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. No condition was available for him.

The 17-year-old driver was taken to City Hospital where a condition could not be learned Monday.

Police charged the 17-year-old with failing to maintain control.

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