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Hedgesville man killed in accident

October 21, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Hedgesville, W.Va., man died Sunday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving on Hammonds Mill Road struck a pickup truck head-on, an official with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Michael Crissy, 44, of 1232 Oak Grove School Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:54 p.m. accident, according to the department.

The accident occurred west of Exit 20 off Interstate 81 near the Rocky Glen mobile home park.

The mobile home park is located along Hammonds Mill Road, which used to be called Spring Mills Road.

Crissy's 1996 Ford Escort station wagon and a 1992 Nissan pickup truck driven by Aaron McGraw, 18, of 156 Jenny Wren Drive in Martinsburg, W.Va., collided in a turn at the top of a hill just west of the mobile home park, police said.

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It appears Crissy's station wagon may have gone left of center and struck McGraw's pickup truck, Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster said.

Rescue crews assessed the scene while the man who died in the accident was lying outside his car off the edge of the road.

A motorist who drove up to the scene shortly after the crash said there were several people around the accident scene trying to determine who had the most serious injuries.

People then gathered around the man in the station wagon, said the witness, who declined to be identified.

"A bunch of people were trying to get him out," the witness said.

Lemaster said the curve where the accident occurred is a tricky area that has been the scene of other crashes through the years, although Sunday's accident was one of the worst.

"I can't remember any fatalities (here)," Lemaster said.

Tammie Wakefield, another motorist who drove up to the scene shortly after the crash, said there was gravel on the road and her car has slid on the surface.

Another bystander said some gravel was put on the shoulder of the road during some recent repaving. But the state Division of Highways swept the road to clear the gravel, the man said.

McGraw and the two passengers in his truck, Krystan Roberts and Justin McGraw, were transported to City Hospital for treatment of their injuries. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to the press release.

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