22-year-old killed in crash

April 07, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A 22-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man died early Friday morning after the 1992 Honda Civic he was driving hit a utility pole, police at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.

Thomas Newton Paulson, 22, was driving south on Winchester Avenue just south of the intersection with West Virginia routes 9, 11 and 45 when he struck the pole about 3:30 a.m., said Lt. Dennis Streets.

The deputy who investigated the accident could not be reached Friday for additional details about the accident.

Paulson's mother, Penny Clayberg Paulson, reached Friday night at her home in Greencastle, Pa., said her son was coming home from his job as a disc jockey Friday morning at the time of the accident.


Paulson was married. He had been working as a disc jockey since 1998, the same year he graduated from high school, his mother said.

Paulson grew up in a house on Summit Avenue in Hagerstown and was homeschooled. He took electronics classes for 1 1/2 years at the James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, Clayberg Paulson said.

He began a business last year to work on computers and has lived in several places in Martinsburg recently, she said.

"He had a nice, big smile. He had a positive attitude," she said. "He was very animated when he talked. He was very bright and cheerful.

"He could make you laugh really good."

In addition to working as a disc jockey, Paulson had taken ballroom dance lessons and played drums in a band.

"It's kind of hard to know he's gone," his mother said.

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