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Martinsburg teen dies when his car hits pickup truck

April 30, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.VA. - A 17-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., youth died Tuesday morning when he drove his 1987 Honda Civic across the center line on W.Va. 9 near Kearneysville and struck a pickup truck, police said.

The 10:21 a.m. crash, which occurred on a curve near Border Road, marked at least the fourth traffic fatality in Jefferson and Berkeley counties in a little over two weeks.

The dead youth was identified as Rickey Lee Crum Jr. of Route 5, according to state Medical Examiner Donald Shirley.

Crum was traveling west on W.Va. 9 when his car went left of center and struck an eastbound Ford F-350 truck being driven by John Powell, said Trooper J.C. Long.

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Crum's car hit the pickup truck almost head-on, Long said.

It is not known what caused Crum to drive across the center line, Long said.

"He was pretty much killed instantly," Long said.

Powell, who Long said was about 28 years old, was driving a truck for Trugreen Chemlawn service in Hagerstown.

Powell was not injured, Long said.

The accident occurred near a mobile home dealership and west of the Fox Glen development.

W.Va. 9 was shut down for about an hour while rescue personnel worked at the scene, Long said.

The crash was one in a series of recent fatal car wrecks in the area.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old Hagerstown man died when the car in which he was riding struck a tree along River Road near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Joseph A. Degrange was one of four people riding in the 1992 Saturn when it crashed early Sunday, state police said.

On April 13, a Hedgesville, W.Va., man was killed when he wrecked his motorcycle on Winchester Avenue near the Big Springs turn just south of Martinsburg.

Later the same day, a Charles Town, W.Va., woman was killed when her compact car crossed the center line on U.S. 340 south of Charles Town and struck a recreational vehicle, police said.

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