Man thrown from hood of car is youth minister

State police are looking for a woman they believe was driving the car on U.S. 11 Monday.

State police are looking for a woman they believe was driving the car on U.S. 11 Monday.

October 02, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

MARLOWE, W. Va. - Police say a man who was injured when he was thrown from the hood of a car as it was traveling on U.S. 11 Monday afternoon is a youth pastor at Marlowe Assembly of God church.

Before the 3:50 p.m. incident, the pastor, identified as Matthew Barnes, encountered a woman at the church, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

The woman drove from the church in a car and Barnes somehow ended up on the hood of the car, facedown, Walker said.


It is unclear whether the woman drove toward Barnes or he jumped on the car, Walker said.

The woman began traveling north on U.S. 11 with Barnes on the hood, Walker said.

As the car headed toward the Maryland/West Virginia line, two motorists headed the opposite way saw Barnes holding onto the hood, police said.

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

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

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

Barnes was taken to Washington County Hospital and later flown to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., Walker said.

Barnes was listed in good condition at the hospital Tuesday night.

Walker said troopers have not located the car or the woman driving it, but they believe they know who she is.

The woman was at the church earlier in the day before she encountered Barnes, Walker said.

The woman met another pastor at the church and told him she wanted some items she had given to the church, Walker said.

The pastor told the woman she would have to talk to someone else about the items, Walker said.

The woman allegedly threatened the pastor and left, Walker said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's office filled out a destruction of property report at the church at 4:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster.

Lemaster said he did not have any more details about the report.

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