City man dies in crash

February 03, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

Maryland State Police on Saturday were looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer truck involved in what they termed a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a Hagers-town man.

Police said the truck pulled out of a gas station on Md. 63 shortly after midnight Saturday and was struck by a vehicle driven by James Edward Wilcox, 32, of McGregor Drive, Hagerstown.

Forensic Examiner Joyce Williams pronounced Wilcox dead at the scene.

Wilcox was a corrections officer at Maryland Correctional Training Center. He worked on the second shift.

The accident occurred at 11 minutes past midnight in front of the Pilot Travel Center, Trooper Robert Fraley, the investigating officer, said.


Fraley said Wilcox's 1993 Chevrolet Astro van is believed to have struck the trailer part of the rig as it was pulling out of the gas station. There is little known about the truck or its driver, Fraley said, but it is believed that the trailer was damaged in the crash.

"He was on his way home from work and was only five minutes from his house," Wilcox's mother, Irene, said.

Wilcox's parents live in the 10,000 block of Crystal Falls Lane in Hagerstown.

Wilcox and his wife, Amy, have four children, ages 3 to 8, his father, Richard Wilcox, said Saturday.

"We shouldn't be burying our children," Richard Wilcox, 52, said.

James Wilcox graduated from Smithsburg High School and enlisted for a four-year hitch in the Marine Corps. His mother held up a denim jacket with flag patches showing every country in which he served.

"There wasn't a task he wouldn't do," Irene Wilcox said. "If someone was stopped by the side of the road, he'd always stop to help."

Wilcox had a lot of friends and was "a good father to his four little boys," his father said.

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