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Shepherd College student dies in crash

March 24, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - A Kearneysville man died following a head-on collision on W.Va. 9 Saturday night near North Jefferson Elementary School, West Virginia State Police said.

Patrick Loyd, 34, of 6 Grant Acres Estate, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead at about 1:34 p.m., said Trooper Chris Wathen.

Wathen said he believes Loyd, a Shepherd College student, was passing several cars in a no-passing zone about 11:50 p.m. while he was driving a 1989 Ford Probe west on the highway.

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Loyd ran out of space on the highway when he struck an eastbound 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue being driven by Michael Lefever, 34, of 5921 Dorsey Drive, Frederick, Md., Wathen said.

Loyd and Lefever were trapped in the wreckage and it took rescue workers about 15 to 20 minutes to free them, Wathen said.

Lisa Warren, 40, a passenger in Lefever's car who has the same address as Lefever, was found lying in the road when he arrived, Wathen said.

Wathen said he believes Warren was thrown out a back door of the car.

Lefever and a second passenger in Lefever's car, Yolanda Wixam, 40, who also had the same address as Lefever's, were flown to Fairfax (Va.) Hospital, officials said. Both were discharged from the hospital Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Warren was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in good condition Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Everyone in Lefever's car gave statements saying Loyd's car was coming at them in the wrong lane, Wathen said.

Lefever tried to steer right to avoid the crash, Wathen said.

A toxicology test will be performed on Loyd's body to determine if alcohol or drugs were in his blood, Wathen said.

W.Va. 9 was closed for about an hour while rescue crews worked at the scene, said Wathen, who added it was the first fatal car crash of the year in Jefferson County.

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