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Man hospitalized after falling off hood of moving car

October 01, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARLOWE, W.Va. - Two motorists were witnesses to a bizarre incident as they were entering Berkeley County on U.S. 11 Monday afternoon near the West Virginia and Maryland line.

The motorists were traveling south on U.S. 11 when they noticed a car going the opposite way with a man hanging onto the hood of the car, according to West Virginia State Police.

When the car went into a turn, the man slid off the hood and into some brush along the road, Trooper 1st Class R.T. Dyroff said.

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The two motorists stopped, called 911, and went over to stay with the man until medics arrived, Dyroff said.

The gray mid-sized car that the man fell from did not stop and continued into Washington County, Dyroff said.

Dyroff said the man who fell from the car was "very violent" and it took five medics to hold him down while he was being treated.

Dyroff said he was not able to get the man's name because medics rushed him to Washington Hospital Center. The man, who did not have any identification on him, did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Dyroff said.

Dyroff said circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear, including why the man was acting violently or why the motorist drove away.

When the two southbound motorists first saw the man on the hood, his face was facing the windshield and his feet were near the front bumper, Dyroff said.

The car the man was laying on was described as being in "average condition," Dyroff said.

Police in the area were told to be on the lookout for the car Monday but it had not been found as of Monday night, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call state police at 304-267-0000.

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