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Crash kills Inwood, W.Va., man

September 23, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

An Inwood, W.Va., man died early Sunday after losing control of his Ford pickup truck, which struck a tree and overturned along Leetown Pike, police said.

Tracy Allen Smallwood, 37, was involved in a separate hit-and-run accident in Ranson, W.Va., just minutes before the fatal accident, which occurred about a mile west of W.Va. 115, police said.

At about 12:56 a.m., Smallwood's truck allegedly struck a 2000 Ford Focus on North Mildred Street in Ranson and drove away, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Walker said.

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Four minutes later, Smallwood lost control of his truck on Leetown Pike as he was heading toward Leetown, police said. Rescue workers had to cut through the wreckage to free Smallwood, Trooper J.L. Long said.

Wet conditions and speed were likely factors in the second crash, Walker said.

Smallwood was the only person in the truck, Long said.

Smallwood's wife, April Smallwood, said her husband did not have a driver's license.

Because Smallwood did not have a license, April Smallwood said she believes her husband may have panicked when he struck the car in Ranson and drove off.

State Police could not offer more details about the Ranson accident because it was handled by the Ranson Police Department.

Ranson Police officials were unavailable for comment Sunday.

Smallwood grew up in Loudoun County, Va., and was a 1984 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, W.Va., his wife said.

Smallwood was a horse owner and trainer at Charles Town Races & Slots for 20 years. He left behind a 22-month-old baby.

Smallwood was also a member of the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association.

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