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Woman dies in Sheetz parking lot

May 06, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Martinsburg woman may have suffered a heart attack moments before her car rolled forward about 30 yards and hit a tree in a convenience store parking lot late Sunday, police said.

Doris J. Vanmetre, 63, of Fairlawn Garden apartments, died as medics took her to City Hospital, said Sgt. C.C. Morton of the West Virginia State Police.

Morton said that when he arrived on the scene two minutes after he was notified of the 8:43 p.m. accident, medics and firefighters with the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department were removing Vanmetre from her 2001 Kia car.

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A doctor at City Hospital examined Vanmetre, as did county Coroner Sandra Brining. They concluded Vanmetre suffered some sort of health problem, possibly a heart attack, just before the accident, Morton said.

The accident happened in the parking lot of the Sheetz store on Edwin Miller Boulevard just outside Martinsburg.

The car apparently was moving forward at a low speed before it hit the tree.

The car was hardly damaged and Vanmetre had no obvious injuries on her body, Morton said.

Vanmetre was alone in the car.

A man who walked into the Sheetz store and told employees about the accident left before talking to police, Morton said.

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