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Two dead in vehicle accidents

April 14, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Hedgesville, W.Va., man and a Charles Town, W.Va., woman were killed in separate vehicle crashes in the Eastern Panhandle Sunday, police said.

Gary Zimmerman, 40, was killed Sunday about 1:11 a.m. when the 1994 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding struck a utility pole on Winchester Avenue south of Martinsburg, according to a press release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The second accident occurred about 2:04 p.m. when Georgette Glenn, 47, went left of center on U.S. 340 south of Charles Town and struck a recreational vehicle head-on, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Victor Lupis said.

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Glenn, who was driving a Mazda Miata, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Zimmerman wrecked his motorcycle when he went off the roadway in the "Big Springs turn" near Carpet World, said police and Zimmerman's father, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman grew up in Clarksburg, Md., and had lived in the Eastern Panhandle since 1993, his father said.

Zimmerman did carpet work and loved to ride motorcycles, a hobby that sparked his interest when he was a child, his father said.

In the Jefferson County crash, U.S. 340 was shut down for about 2 1/2 hours while rescue personnel worked at the scene, Lupis said.

Glenn was pinned under the dashboard of her car and it took about an hour to free her from the wreckage, Sgt. Sam Harmon said.

Glenn was traveling south and the recreational vehicle was going north, Harmon said. The two vehicles collided north of John's Family Restaurant.

It is unknown why Glenn went left of center on the road, Harmon said.

"It just happened so fast," Lupis said.

The 1997 Coachman motor home that Glenn struck was driven by Robert Healey, 65, of 68 Back River Road, Merrimack, N.H., Lupis said.

Healey had a couple of scrapes and his wife, Ellen, was checked at the scene and was OK, Lupis said.

A fire started on the recreational vehicle and either Robert Healey or a passer-by put it out with a fire extinguisher, Lupis said.

The Healeys, who were heading to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., were towing a passenger car, police said.

Glenn and her two brothers own Sleepy Hollow Golf Country Club on Country Club Road, said Glenn's sister-in-law, Laura Glenn.

Georgette Glenn's father was a prominent physician who was killed in a car accident about 20 years ago, Laura Glenn said.

It is believed Glenn may have been going to Berryville, Va., to visit a friend when the crash occurred, Laura Glenn said.

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